No one said it better than Michael Crichton – who, in addition to being a best selling author, was also a physician.
During a lecture at Cal Tech, he said, “Let’s be clear: The work of
science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the
business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one
investigator who happens to be right. … The greatest scientists in
history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.”
The medical community has always been subject to “group-think,” but
in recent decades we have become the leaders. Numerous
physician-scientists have been ostracized, defrocked, de-licensed and in
some cases driven to self-destruction by a medical community that has
embraced consensus in science.
In essence, “We don’t care about your data; we all agree you are wrong.”