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Action-Oriented Decisions in Ambulatory Medicine.

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By McDonald Clement J.. . 374 pages. Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc., Chicago: , 1981.. $43.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(1):121. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-98-1-121_2
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My father, who was a physicist, used to comment on what he thought was the exaggerated importance that physicians placed on the reliability of memory and recall. In his experience, doctors seemed embarrassed when they had to look something up, whereas physical scientists would rely unabashedly on printed materials for data and formulas, including their own. From the perspective of the patient, he thought it would be better if physicians could, without loss of self-esteem, come to grips with the imperfections of the human mind and rely more heavily on prompts and other reminders, even when they were reasonably confident


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