“Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.” Aristotle http://ow.ly/upWv30gOxzv
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Lovely post Peggy. I’ve always considered “uncertainty reduction” the primary human psychological activity. “What the heck is going on?” It pretty much what I spend my life asking (to little avail.) Even diagnoses that prove wrong give comfort for the time. Ptolemy’s diagnosis of the cosmos was completely wrong but it can STILL predict eclipses. Of course you’re right, naming is powerful. Our label for you is fabulous!
As a longtime fan of Dr Lisa Sanders’ New York Times column on diagnosis, I was excited to listen to Every Patient Tells A Story (Random House Audio, 2009). I happily looked forward to an anthology of favorite cases that she had already presented. However, when I started to listen to the Audible book, read by the author, I quickly realized that Dr Sanders’s book is so much more than a best hits collection. As the subtitle – Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis – alludes to, the topic here is diagnosis looked at from top, bottom, this way and that. The story, and it does unfurl as a page-turner, was so absorbing that I slowed down listening to the book as I neared the end because I didn’t want it to be over.
Not only do I not want to steal Dr Sanders’s thunder, but I could not…
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