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Watch for Traps in Discussions Starting With ‘The Reality Is’


This month, Dr Baker’s essay is entitled “The Dogma Bite” and how 2 different phrases make rational discussions suffer in medical consultations. Dogma 1: “ If this case involved your mother, wouldn’t you want this test?” This appeal to serve “your mother” is not truly a question, but rather, it is tantamount to an order one would be hesitant to refuse. By deflecting attention away from the patient and switching it to a treasured idealized personage (“your mother”), the decision-mak more...
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