Thursday, November 17, 2011

To do nothing is sometimes the best medicine.

Sometimes I read an article which says what I am thinking much more eloquently than I ever could.

I was talking to retired geriatrician today who told me that a significant amount of his work when he practised was undoing the work of other doctors.

Picard in his article refers to the 13th law of The House of God:

“The delivery of good medical care is to do as much nothing as possible.”

It is sometimes hard to believe that "The House of God" was written in 1974. Add in the "advances" that have occurred since then and it could have been written last week. Just about every medical student read it when I was going through medical school. My generation are now the senior doctors. Did we learn nothing?

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