“Doctor, What would you do ?”
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There’s a phrase that every physician hears repeatedly from patients, that requires a nuanced response.

Doctor, what would you do if you were me?

The patient, or often the patient’s family, asks the doctor what advice the physician would choose if he were in the patient’s place. For example, if the physician were the patient would he opt for:

Surgery, Chemotherapy, Experimental treatment, Watchful waiting, A second opinion, A third opinion, Alternative medicine, Acupuncture, or Hospice

Patients erroneously believe that this form of inquiry is the magic bullet of finding out what the physician’s truly best advice is for a particular medical circumstance. After all, if the doctor would recommend treatment for his own mom, then surely this must be the best option.

Except, it isn’t. Here’s why.

Physicians, as members of the human species, cannot be as objective with regard to their own families or themselves as they are with their own patients. This is why wise physicians do not treat family members. Another circumstance when physicians are known to provide inferior care secondary to judgment lapses is when the doctor is treating a celebrity or VIP.

If the patient asks the doctor what he would do if he were in patients’ place, the doctor’s response should be an explanation of why he can’t give the answer they seek.

Source: http://mdwhistleblower.blogspot.com/2019/12/doctor-what-would-you-do.html
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