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Publication . Preprint . 2021

BUILDING BELIEF SYSTEMS AND MEDICAL ETHICS: THE COVID-19 CONTROVERSIES

Mondello, Gérard;
English
Published: 26 Dec 2021
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Country: France
Abstract
The Covid-19 pandemic upset both the economies of most countries, but also the field of medical science. As never, public opinion has interfered in the choice of therapeutic trials as evidenced by the controversies surrounding protocols using hydroxychloroquine. The public's choice for these treatments is explained as the application of a kind of individual "Pascal's wager". This article analyses the formation of the belief system of individuals by applying ambiguity theory's insights and information entropy. It shows that the public's choices are the result of efficient communication strategies chosen by these treatments' promoters.
Subjects

Uncertainty Theory, Ambiguity, Pharmacy, Medicine JEL : I1, I18, I19, D81, L65, [SHS.ECO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Economics and Finance

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