Lessons from History: Still Relevant in the “Information Age”

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Peter G. Brindley MD


In this edition of CJGIM, Aujnarain et al. present an interesting case and a fascinating disease. In so doing, they also provide several reminders for our specialty: (1) before you can treat a disease, you must think of it; (2) our work remains as much cerebral as procedural; and (3) when all else fails, perform (and then re-perform) a full history and physical examination. It is also a chance for those of us excited by history and discovery (the so-called “exploration of alleyways to see if they are blind”) to retell a story that is equal parts science, tradition, and innovation1 – much like medicine itself.
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