Medical Scribes: Bulls#!t Job or Linch Pin of Modern Health Care?

In his aptly-titled volume, Bullshit Jobsanthropologist David Graeber discusses the advent of jobs that are,

so completely pointless, unnecessary, or pernicious that even the employee cannot justify its existence, even though as part of the conditions of employment, the employee feels obliged to pretend this is not the case (p.22)

This description is not altogether different from a sentiment expressed by Upton Sinclair in 1935:

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not knowing it.”

Among the five types of bullshit jobs Graeber outlines are “duct-tapers“: jobs in which individuals “fix problems, glitches, or faults that shouldn’t exist.”

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