Though some people would say that I never take my "cranky" pants off...
My brother has two sisters; he calls me the cranky one and he calls our older sister the cheap one.
Right now, cranky sister is cranky.
This article, that's why.
Specifically, the article's conclusion is what has me reaching for the cranky pants:
"According to Dr. Mukewar, 'one of the best resources for patients ideally would be physicians who also have health conditions and who can post a personal experience video on YouTube®, for instance, that would not only be medically correct, credible and trustful but would also contain that first-hand experience that patients with a disease like IBD really crave and search for online.'"
The idea that we would need, or even want, a patient-MD to blog about every possible rare disease is just mind-bogglingly ... I don't know.
I'm so cranky I'm at a loss for words.
For one thing, rare diseases are... what? RARE.
What are the chances that a doctor actually has a particular rare disease in the first place?
While having a rare disease does tend to make you an expert in that disease, it doesn't necessarily make you a good communicator if you weren't one already.
And lastly, just because someone is an MD and has a white coat doesn't mean they can't be a quack, or unscrupulous, or any more or less trustworthy as a source than we, the patients, are.
grump, grump, grump.