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A Piece of My Mind
January 1, 2003

Will the Real Doctor Please Stand Up?

JAMA. 2003;289(1):18. doi:10.1001/jama.289.1.18

One of the most popular television shows to come out of the late '50s was "To Tell the Truth." Three plausible-sounding individuals would describe their occupation or profession—all claiming to be that person—to a witty, well-known panel of four. After questioning the contestants, the panel would then guess which person was the real jobholder or professional. After the panel made its choice, the host of the show would forcibly proclaim, "Will the real . . . please stand up?" Often, to everyone's surprise and consternation, the panel guessed wrong.

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