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Invited Commentary
June 2017

With Experience Comes Wisdom

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otology and Laryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017;143(6):540-541. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2017.0218

What a pleasure it is to be able to comment on the Viewpoint by Grundfast et al, “The 10 Commandments of Management for Acute Upper Airway Obstruction in Infants and Children.”1 Having just finished Michael Lewis’s book The Undoing Project,2 which tells the story of Daniel Kahneman, Amos Tversky, and the birth of a new form of behavioral psychology and decision analysis, I am, of course, concerned about the inherent biases in trusting at face value the words of a senior statesman just because he looks and acts the part. Do we hold with heuristic beliefs that with an author’s age and experience comes wisdom? I am now “trained” not to ask “who the author is” but “what has he or she actually done” before I trust the narrator that speaks to me.

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