The irrelevancy of evolution to medicine
uncommondescent's scordova is adding on to Michael Egnor's claim that evolution is irrelevant when it comes to medicine. He claims that Catriona MacCallum, senior editor of PLoS Biology supports agrees with this sentiment. In her editorial, she wrote (emphasis added by scordova):
Writes scordova about this (emphasis added):
Charles Darwin, perhaps medicine’s most famous dropout, provided the impetus for a subject that figures so rarely in medical education. Indeed, even the iconic textbook example of evolution—antibiotic resistance—is rarely described as “evolution” in relevant papers published in medical journals. Despite potentially valid reasons for this oversight (e.g., that authors of papers in medical journals would regard the term as too general), it propagates into the popular press when those papers are reported on, feeding the wider perception of evolution’s irrelevance in general, and to medicine in particular
Darwinists claim how important Darwinism is to science, but MacCallum’s editorial makes an embarrassing admission of Darwinism’s irrelevance to medicine.
MacCallum says no such thing. She says - and you can read this in the quote that scordova supplies himself - that the term evolution is seldom used and that the gives a certain perception. What scordova didn't quote from MacCallum's writing (and probably for a rather good and obvious reason) is the sentence that follows immediately her writing above:
Yet an understanding of how natural selection shapes vulnerability to disease can provide fundamental insights into medicine and health and is no less relevant than an understanding of physiology or biochemistry.
The only thing that is embarrasing is scordova's lame attempt at quote mining.