Agnostic vs Atheist in the Practice of Medicine

Atheist – does not believe (in God).
Agnostic – does not have knowledge (about God)

Applying these concepts in the practice of medicine, a physician is agnostic if he does not have knowledge on a certain medical condition.  He is an atheist if he does not believe the management of a medical condition should be done based on published evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.  This is the strictest application of the concept of atheist and agnostic in the practice of medicine.

However, should all published evidence-based clinical practice guidelines be considered foolproof? gospel-truth?  NO.  They will change overtimes. They will change depending on the circumstances.  This is the argument against atheist in the practice of medicine.


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