Less Is More
March 28, 2011

Not So Silver Lining

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: VA Outcomes Group, White River Junction, Vermont, and Center for Medicine and the Media, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Lebanon, New Hampshire.


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Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(6):489-490. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.73

Imagine that, out of the blue, you are arrested, accused of planning a dangerous crime, held in jail for 4 days, and tortured so badly that you lose part of a kidney. You feel like you were hit by a truck. Then, just as suddenly, you are released and told it was all a case of mistaken identity. How would you react?

Would you feel lucky? Grateful to the police for the arrest and beating? We doubt it.

But just change a few words and see what happens.

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