Philosophy and ethics

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Embracing ignorance

All day long I work with patients who want answers and certainty. My awareness of how few questions have proven answers, and how unpredictable human health and disease can be, is a heavy burden.  This discordance may be why I enjoyed Stuart Firestein’s excellent book, Ignorance,  so much. He makes an excellent case for the value of ignorance.

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Purging patients

My institution is striving to become more patient-centered, and is making good progress, but has an odd way of showing it sometimes.

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Ignorance and black cats

Science is not a linear or predictable path to truth.

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