Sep 3, 2011

Some inconsistencies and irrationalities in medicine

From this NYT article called "When Doctors Become Patients":
  • [D]octors might recommend different treatments for their patients than they would for themselves.
  • They were far more likely to prescribe for patients a potentially life-saving treatment with severe side effects than they were to pick that treatment for themselves.
The author then reflects:
When neither doctor nor patient can make the right decision, it is vital to have a caring family.
No amount of doctoring can prepare you for being a patient.
I wonder what other instances are out there when the one who prescribes would not follow her own advice, such as in economic development prescriptions.  

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