Do you need to believe in evolution to be a good physician? Some claim that belief in evolution is necessary to truly understand science. They assert that evolution is the basis of biology and therefore of medicine -- the ultimate in applied biological science. And they claim that acceptance of amoeba-to-man evolution is the key to understanding disease and the foundation of medical breakthroughs. Experimental science, however, involves making observations, developing and testing hypotheses, and devising possible solutions for the world's medical and environmental challenges. These activities do not rely on acceptance of untestable beliefs about the origin of life. In fact, evolutionary beliefs historically have led many doctors astray. The belief that some organs are useless vestigial leftovers, for example, resulted in removal of countless healthy appendixes despite evidence that the appendix serves as part of the immune system.
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