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What’s Obvious in Your Profession That the Public Doesn’t Get?

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Earlier this month on twitter, one user asked: “What’s something that seems obvious in your profession, but the general public seems to misunderstand?”

It prompted a large discussion across multiple fields — computer science, math, teaching, politics — and of course, science and medicine.

Some users shared little-known-facts about journals and peer-reviewed papers.

Others made clarifications about what specialties actually do.

Some educated the public more generally about illness.

There was also some education around how hospitals and clinics really work.

One user had advice that applies to every professional in the workforce: there is hard work behind everything.

And another reassured everyone that scientists and clinicians are human beings, too.

So now it’s your turn. What is something in your specialty or profession that is obvious to you but that you wish the general public or people outside of your specialty better understood?

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