Most people have heard this term and have understood it to mean ‘go to another doctor and get his opinion’. And many times, we hear of the miraculous stories that have turned out so well by that second opinion.
However, that is the exception rather than the norm. Doctors were all trained at the same universities and taken the same classes – all trained by the same methods as covered in previous blogs – and generally have the same, normal, average, opinions that they were instructed to have. Chancing on a physician who actually learned enough to think for himself is rare.
So, I have always understood the concept of getting a second opinion to mean something other than getting another opinion from the same source. I go to some person outside the established medical combine for an opinion. The real worth of a second opinion is that it is from another source than the first opinion and not just from another mouthpiece of the same school of thought.
Which brings us one step further in our understanding: why do some people seem to instinctively feel the need for another opinion? Could it be that something in their gut tells them that the answer is wrong? Interesting, hmm?
These people do not need a second opinion. They already have the answer! They just need someone to tell them what they can do about it, where they can go get the help they know is out there.
Instincts can tell us that the first opinion is wrong but what about the people who are a little clueless in that area? They are at the mercy of the medical establishment regardless of which doctor they go for the “other” opinion.
Setting up the idea that another doctor will actually give a competing opinion is, in most cases, a fallacy propagated by the medical community itself. Of course they’re not going to advise you to go outside their community for answers!
That sort of thing would defeat the purpose of their monopoly. (And does that sound like mediocrity at work!)
Chiropractic took years to become accepted. For decades they took the brunt of the rest of the medical community, being called “quacks” and worse.
Now, however, they are fully accepted within the medical community and can stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the professionals and treat the newer branches as “quacks”. Yes, chiropractic has joined the great mediocrity.
And I imagine that someday, holistic practitioners, acupuncturists, herbalists, and naturopaths will be accepted and, in turn, pick on whatever new thing is up-and-coming.
That seems to be par for the course.
But I do not know who you might get a second opinion from at that point.