June 10, 2014
BUT IF I'M NOT ILL I'M NOT SPECIAL:
How Doctors Might Make You Sick (GILBERT WELCH, 6/08/14, WSJ)
What's the biggest misconception about us doctors? It's that-when it comes to your current health-we know more than you do.For most patients, it's simply not true.I'm not saying we have nothing to offer; I am saying how you feel says a lot. That's why good doctors take the time to explore how patients feel. For those who feel bad, we'll explore what makes you feel worse-and what makes you feel better. Not infrequently, the information gleaned from this exploration-we call it the history-point to both a diagnosis and a strategy for managing the problem.And for those who feel healthy, it's just possible you might be right.The idea that only your doctor can tell whether you are healthy or not is an unfortunate side-effect of our current emphasis on preventive medicine.
Posted by Orrin Judd at June 10, 2014 3:57 PM