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November 1987

Laws of Behavior

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(11):1480. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060110026013

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To the Editor.  —After having examined and treated patients for about ten years now, it seems to me that there are a few rules of conduct that are universal and that I would like to share with the rest of my colleagues. These rules, which I consider to be laws of human behavior, are as follows:

  1. "The slower the patient walks, the further he sits from your door." Old Sady Smith, who walks with a walker because she has an artificial hip, sits on the other side of your waiting room, while Morris Brown, who runs the mile in 3 min 45 s, sits in the seat that is right next to your office.

  2. "The difficulty of a case is in inverse proportion to the insurance reimbursement." You can be sure that the patient who needs a corneal graft; cataract extraction, with insertion of intraocular lens; trabeculectomy; pars

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