Posted by: notdeaddinosaur | October 28, 2008

Definition of a Specialist

Here is my new definition of a specialist:

One who, when confronted with a horse, insists on continuing to look for the zebra.

This patient, apparently not satisfied with my management (I think it was the family, actually), went to see a neurologist for a problem that dozens of people on the internet were able to correctly diagnose sight unseen.

The neurologist proceeded to order ten thousand dollars worth of studies, including an MRI to rule out a mass lesion, carotid studies and a whole pile of lab work. Eventually I get a letter that says, among other things:

…this could be Ramsay Hunt…

but of course we need to rule out everything else as well.

No wonder our healthcare system is going down in flames!


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