As the autumnal fall returns once again and the ominous portent of a Comet Ison in the morning sky passes I am minded to wonder at our innate ability to disagree. There is a really intriguing book out there called Them and Us: How Neanderthal predation created modern humans by Danny Vendramini  Basically, our behaviour is nothing new!
The BDA saga has not gone away, we are told – well, actually we are NOT told … but the vox pop of internet chat suggest that those in office at the BDA are running in internal disagreement, and of course all the outsiders like myself are far better placed to run the show. There is no agreement it seems, and we are polarised into them and us.
Then of course there is how to deal with ‘the problem patient’. Not only do we all differ, separating into the “This is how to do it” camp on the one hand, and the “No you fool, do it this way” camp on the other. Never mind that the poor bloody patient is always wrong. Them is always right and Us is never wrong.
Orthodontics appears to be generating a fair share of divisionary comment: Far from everyone synergising to the wider benefit of the patient community and for the greater good, we just have to bicker and squabble over long term or short term, GDP or specialist , ultra modern self ligating or out of date elastics. Throw in a spooful of commercial self interest and the fuse is lit for a right royal bust up.
What would the public think? Oh – them and us again!
There is a fine line between appropriate professional disagreement and internecine warfare. We must as a profession beware of breaching it ... if we actually care. Maybe we just like a good fight!
Gawd ‘elp the poor old GDPs if the BDA and BOS combine forces …
Seriously: who will draw this disparate medley of headstrong prima donnae professionals together?
If we fight amongst ourselves, the Governments work is done.
Ah … now there is the Ultimate “Them and Us”.
I blame Comet Ison. Enjoy Thanksgiving, don't all fight over the Turkey now. That would far too Neanderthal ...
Them and Us by Danny Vendramini
With acknowledgement to the author for the image
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