I just read that a former science editor at a major, global publication has concluded that science advocacy is boring, and that she would now prefer to “slaughter the sacred cows” of conviction. Leaving aside the somewhat brutal image, and the potential innocence and genuine sacredness of the cows in question, we may simply note that acquiring conviction born of science generally takes years, even decades. Disparaging it just takes a news cycle, innuendo, and a bit of click-bait.
Wherever medical news incites passions, a contagion of unintended consequences finds vulnerable hosts. If ever we are to overcome these maladies of our own, inadvertent devising, we must first understand them.