Annals of internal Medicine Cartoon on Misdiagnosis

robert bell rmsbell at ESEDONA.NET
Sun Jul 14 04:25:08 UTC 2013


This is a very important issue. Deference and respect for leaders, seniors, and elders varies from country to country. In some countries it is rigidly adhered to. And probably to the detriment of patients. Medical Students would not be expected to speak up to their Professors and challenge anything regarding a case.

We still have a little of that in the teaching community in the English/American medical educational system, but fortunately it is fast disappearing.

But I do feel fairly strongly that this is a significant problem in many countries, which suggests that we need to talk about it. Questions are a good start but are they enough?

There have been questions about the SF Asiana crash regarding deference and respect. Time will tell if that was in any way an issue.

Rob Bell, MD






On Jul 13, 2013, at 2:20 PM, xavier prida wrote:

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> This lucidly illustrates that suspicions/hunches/differential diagnosis should not be dismissed because they are not first introduced or validated by senior member(s) of team based care. If you believe what you believe, push on and ask questions.
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