Author Affiliation: Dr Wilson is an independent working researcher working out of Brentwood, Tennessee.
Jolobe suggests an interesting parallel between the adoption of laparoscopic cholecystectomy and the adoption of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). The proposed common thread is a rush to adopt a new therapy without a full appreciation of risks leading to increased procedural complications.
There are clear similarities between how the 2 techniques have been adopted. There are also similarities in outcomes. Jolobe cites a surge in claims linked to cholecystectomy complications following the increasing use of laparoscopic cholecystectomy.1 Reynolds et al2 noted a higher than expected device complication rate in Medicare patients following the wider adoption of CRT and defibrillator therapy.
Wilson J. Rhetorical Techniques in Contexts Other Than Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy—Reply. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(4):372-373. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.1411