The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.—Voltaire
Once as a resident I was chided by an attending for not seeing a patient with Bell palsy the same day she was referred. Bell palsy is hardly an emergency, I countered. True, he said, but if you wait too long the weakness will resolve before you begin steroids and the patient will not keep the appointment. Sound business advice, but poor science.
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