Imagine you’re flying in a commercial jet and the pilot tells you he’ll be putting the aircraft on autopilot. That probably wouldn’t be a concern. But imagine you’re at your doctor’s office and he tells you that he’s just put his judgement on autopilot.
Two questions: Where’s the parachute, and where is the exit?
Unfortunately, doctors often simply go with basic procedures they’ve always used. But things change, and when doctors don’t stay on top of changes, patients sometimes suffer.
One perfect example of an autopilot medical mindset concerns the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test used to determine prostate cancer risk. I’ve shared this warning several times before, but the mainstream still hasn’t picked up on it so it can’t be repeated enough: Men, if your doctor suggests a biopsy based on a high PSA level, he may be flying on autopilot.
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Posted by Kevin Phoenix - March 31, 2009 at 7:26 am
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