Educating common people on professional subjects, is it helpful or is it an asking for a disaster?

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Re: Educating common people on professional subjects, is it helpful or is it an asking for a disaster?

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Belindi wrote: October 20th, 2021, 5:19 am Up to date First Aid can and should be taught to every man, woman, and child.

Clinical prescribing can and should be restricted to accredited experts, according to the medication's intended and side effects including addiction.

What doctors should tell patients may be judged according to how a competent patient answers the question(asked in a polite, peaceful, and sympathetic manner) "What would you like to know?"
There is no doubt that everyone should be taught as well as trained on updated first aid methods. And there is no fault in educating patients according to their understanding as well as on their request.

But here the author has gone beyond simple first aid and has discussed and invited ordinary readers to do interventions that usually need trained medical personnel. So that can give a reader a false confidence and he/she may try to do it on own avoiding proper medical practioners. This is what I see as a problem in over educating common people in professional subjects.
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