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Tincture of Time (Pedcast)

In this week’s post, my discussion centers more on philosophy than physiology. Primary care physicians know that most human sickness, especially in children, will get better without treatment. Pediatricians are constantly weighing the potential benefits of a particular treatment against its potential harm. Most of the time they get it right, but as we all know, sometimes the treatment turns out to be worse than the disease. Watchful waiting with a tincture of time may be all that the child needs. Knowing when to intervene and when it is best simply to observe is the art of medicine.

 

 

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