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Minnie Made Me Out a Liar

Robert Rowntree, MD
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From Triad Hospitals Inc., Plano, TX 75024.


Requests for Single Reprints: Robert Rowntree, MD, Triad Hospitals Inc., 5800 Tennyson Parkway, Plano, TX 75024; e-mail, bob.rowntree@triadhospitals.com.


Ann Intern Med. 2005;142(10):869-870. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-142-10-200505170-00016
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“He made me out a liar” is a common saying in the southern states. I'm not sure where it originated, but I have heard it all my life. It is usually accompanied by a self-deprecating smirk and a modicum of embarrassment. It roughly means, “He showed me that something I had said was in fact not the truth I originally thought it to be.” For example, if I said my Uncle Joe couldn't catch a minnow in a teacup with a tea strainer, and Uncle Joe then went on to win the prize for the largest fish in the area bass tournament, then Uncle Joe would have “made me out a liar.”

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The science vs the art
Posted on May 17, 2005
Ashish Goel
AIIMS, New Delhi INDIA
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In our teachings we are given so much faith in the science of medicine that we seem to think it is infallible. We are led to believe in our curriculum of the supremacy of science. It is only when we begin to treat our patients in real life that we slowly and gradually and sometimes bitterly realize that there is the art of medicine which overrides the science so often. So many times we realize that science cannot explain what happens to our patients, and then we can only marvel at the fact that - 'God is great' and 'Nature heals'.

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