Culture and Economics Impede Scientific Medical Treatment

By Stephen L. Jaffe.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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As accepted religious beliefs, social-cultural norms, and Church economics and power interfered with the acceptance and application of the heliocentric theory in the era of the Inquisition, similar forces today continue to interfere with scientific investigation and new concept applications, thereby blocking medical advances for society. The study and treatment of two major health care problems – menopause and headache, both affecting a large segment of the population – have been distorted by these factors. The results are costly and ineffective treatments with increased patient morbidity and mortality, as well as the waste of society’s economic resources. Both cultural norms and the scientist’s interaction with the needs of the pharmaceutical industry and thus its money have blocked the natural progression of research and therefore progress in the treatment of these conditions. Perhaps these factors can be neutralized to make scientific research more efficient, and thus its application more rapid, with obvious beneficial effects on society’s well-being and advancement.

Keywords: Economics Distorts Science, Social-Cultural Norms Distorts Science, Menopause, Headache, Pharmaceutical Industry

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 6, Issue 3-4, June 2015, pp.1-5. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 23, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 301.256KB)).

Dr. Stephen L. Jaffe

Magale Professor of Neurology, Department of Neurology, Louisiana State School of Medicine, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA