“Men are from Mars , and Women are from Venus ” . . . Do you agree ?
Many probably witness the much talked differential behavior among the gender every day. Its argued , men take more risk in life ( often senseless !) , some go to the extreme to suggest Men are Idiots and decorate them with a provocative title MIT (Men Idiot Theory ) (Mcpherson 2011).Risk taking is important in life, but at what cost ? Does women (Who are caring by nature ) help themselves and the society by less risk taking behavior ?
I stumbled upon this rare piece of writing from BMJ which would demand in depth analysis into this gender phenomenon based on evolutionary biology and genetics.
This article concludes, Yes, men . . . indeed tend to take some foolish risks in various life situations that result in potential harm.
What is the influence of MIT on medical profession and patient outcome ?
Now , Iam compelled to ask a hypothetical question .Does women medical professionals take less aggressive stance and low risk taking behavior and in the process result in less mortality and morbidity to our patients ?
I would think the answer to that question would be in affirmative .I wish BMJ or anyone should design a study on this issue.
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2.Eckel CC, Grossman PJ. Men, women and risk aversion: experimental evidence. In: Plott CR, Smith VL, eds. Handbook of experimental economics results. Vol 1. North-Holland, 2008:1061-73.
3.McPherson J. Women are from Venus, men are idiots. Andrews McMeel, 2011
4.Northcutt W. The Darwin Awards: The official Darwin Awards: 180 bizarre true stories of how dumb humans have met their maker. Orion, 2004.