Hard to explain
- By: Eva Dumann
Life as a half baked doctor can be tough. My naïve hope that medical school would be filled with people who understand the secret workings of the body was soon destroyed—nobody seemed to, and I certainly don’t. Lay friends rub salt into these open wounds by asking questions about medical science that I can’t find answers to.
A magazine in a friend’s house recently brought on one of these struggles. My friend shows me a tiny print advertisement for vitamin preparations that have the power to cure illnesses from sore throat to diabetes. I dismantle this as quackery; not scientifically proved. This, however, prompts my friend to ask what makes the claims wrong; what do vitamins do?
The carefully memorised tables of vitamins with their actions, coded in biochemical jargon—blurred into illegibility over time and a summer of post-exam bliss—appear in my mind. More concentrated thinking only produces a sketchy