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he is a symptom of the problem. He (and his contemporaries) are the SIRS of our nations sepsis. It's not his fault and it's not the public's fault. Our government created an "educational system" that destroys critical thinking by focusing on scores not understanding. As a result the masses are ignorant: they think pop science is real science; they value entertainment over fact.

Carson is a neurosurgeon. He spent 7 years, and his entire career, focused on fixing structural pathology in the brain. He, and the other micro-specialists, aren't required to retain basic medical knowledge. If the AMA had said "Sure you guys can specialize. But every physician needs to know these 20 things to call themselves a doctor. So we are going to incorporate them into your boards and re-certs"...he might have a better grasp on epidemiology.

I have been reading so many outraged rants like this: http://www.forbes.com/sites/tarahaelle/2015/09/17/two-doctors-running-for-president-dont-understand-medicines-most-important-advance/. The problem is that they are raging against the symptom when they should be trying to fix the system(s).
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This should be moved to either the Sociopolitical or Neurosurgery forums.
 

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Carson isn't trying to be medically accurate. He is trying to say things that will make Rs vote for him. For that purpose, "you should have some discretion over vaccines" is a better answer than "everyone should be required to take a bunch of vaccines."

It's not a result of failure to retain basic medical knowledge. The guy certainly knows everything about vaccines that any random bio undergrad (e.g. me) knows. But he's not taking a test on medical knowledge; he's trying to convince clueless people to vote for him.
 

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Carson isn't trying to be medically accurate. He is trying to say things that will make Rs vote for him. For that purpose, "you should have some discretion over vaccines" is a better answer than "everyone should be required to take a bunch of vaccines."

It's not a result of failure to retain basic medical knowledge. The guy certainly knows everything about vaccines that any random bio undergrad (e.g. me) knows. But he's not taking a test on medical knowledge; he's trying to convince clueless people to vote for him.
OP, if you couldn't gather this, your common sense is lacking. Or you're so naive it's frightening...
 
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Carson isn't trying to be medically accurate. He is trying to say things that will make Rs vote for him. For that purpose, "you should have some discretion over vaccines" is a better answer than "everyone should be required to take a bunch of vaccines."

It's not a result of failure to retain basic medical knowledge. The guy certainly knows everything about vaccines that any random bio undergrad (e.g. me) knows. But he's not taking a test on medical knowledge; he's trying to convince clueless people to vote for him.
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From anecdotal experience, I always thought it was the liberal hippied persuasion that was demographically against the use of vaccines and other "standards in medicine" lol
 
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Although I'm sure he probably is just catering to Rs, he also holds several nonsensical beliefs regarding Earth's age, evolution, and planned parenthood, so I wouldn't put it passed him to actually hold his stated beliefs on vaccinations.