Posts Tagged 'diagnostic process'

PUBLISHED ON  July 7, 2014

WRITTEN BY  Roni Zeiger

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If you hear hoofbeats…

We often say in medicine, “If you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.” Put another way, if you hear wheezing, asthma is much more likely than a roundworm infection in the lungs. Young doctors especially need to be reminded of this, because we spend a disproportionate amount of medical school learning about exotic diagnoses.

I had a rare opportunity this summer to travel to Africa. In the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, I was amazed by zebras literally as far …


PUBLISHED ON  April 14, 2009

WRITTEN BY  Roni Zeiger

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Risks vs. Benefits: Get the Evidence or Fire Your Doctor

Gone are the days where you should believe what your doctor tells you simply because he or she is a doctor. Medicine can be complicated, and it changes all the time: new drugs, new resistant bugs, and new scientific studies that teach us that sometimes what we once thought was good is in fact killing people. Your job as an informed consumer of healthcare is to make sure that the benefits outweigh the risks. The stakes are too high for …