How does America feel about its doctors? Those who consult Google for the answer better have a thick skin.
Type the words “doctors are” into the Google search field, and it automatically guesses the rest of the query based on the popularity of past searches. Here's what Google's autocomplete function says are the four most common ways to complete the phrase:
“doctors are dangerous”
“doctors are stupid”
“doctors are evil”
“doctors are arrogant”
Ouch. Perhaps readers could discount the top query because it's also the title of an anti-doctor website that features products such as a DVD called “Escape the Cancer Mafia.” But Outliers was intrigued. None of the most popular searches describing doctors came back with a positive adjective. Was the same true of other healthcare terms?