08 November 2011

It's all a matter of perspective


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.

5 comments:

Matt Dick said...

This is, by the way, one reason I could never practice medicine.

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Merrily Merrily said...

Those babies can be tricky...

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

good call - follow your instincts.

Leus said...

My kid doesn't want to study medicine. Sometimes I agree.

Leus said...

Oh, and by the way, I'm glad it went OK.