Doctors are increasingly asked to follow decision rules, guidelines, and “evidence-based” algorithms. Is that the right approach to take care of patients? Are cognitive errors over-emphasized in healthcare?
Economic knowledge should not be the sole province of technical experts, but it is. The price we pay for this ignorance is that most people can easily fall prey to the political class and to the technocrats whose economic theory is generally far from sound.
Bureaucratic appeal to measurement as a check on personal judgment rules the medical field but also permeates our entire culture. Guest Jerry Z. Muller brings a valuable historical perspective to the subject.