08 November 2011
There's technically no difference between "I almost sent home that baby with bacterial meningitis" and "I made a tricky diagnosis of a life-threatening case of bacterial meningitis." The facts of the case are the same. One statement expresses justifiable pride in a job well done. The other emphasizes how close you can come to utter disaster without ever knowing it.
Apropos of nothing, I think I'll buy a lottery ticket today.
Posted by shadowfax at 12:48 PM