I recently listened to a regrettable tale from a friend of another friend. One of their kin had been experiencing some unusual symptoms, and the diagnosis was elusive. She eventually ended up at the hands of surgeon who recommended surgery. Nothing was found, but something entirely incidental and of no clinical relevance was apparent on one of her organs. The surgeon just removed it, even though that wasn’t necessary, and there wasn’t any prior consent. Worse still, the organ in question wasn’t within the said surgeon’s area of expertise.
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I recently had an interesting conversation with some enthusiastic students interning in our office. They seemed to wonder why a single patient usually requires a team of medical professionals to address specific healthcare needs. In the students’ minds, a single doctor should suffice. But nothing could be further from medical reality. It’s long been accepted that medical teams, working in unison, collectively perform better than individual clinicians working in isolation.
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Spitting in public is a common habit. Walk along the streets and you are likely to encounter lots of spit filth on the pavements. And if unlucky, some unruly individuals may just spit in your direction, with full disregard of the social indignation of such an action. It’s all a disgusting habit, and actually a health hazard too.
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