Thursday, September 23, 2010

Reflections on practicing medicine on the fringe

 

Over the subsequent years, though, I thought a lot about what he said, and what he was trying to tell me. What is the value of recognizing a mystery, and then going about solving it?

Well, in the world of medicine, it means a great deal. Too many patients are told their symptoms or ailments don't fit into any known pattern or doctors have never seen a patient like this before.

Some of our greatest progress in medicine has been when we truly explored a mystery and tried to make sense of it. While it is easy to write something off as an anomaly or an aberration or "not fitting within the standard deviation," a mystery may in fact teach us something, and perhaps advance the entire field of medicine in the process.

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