How Entertainment Alters Our Desire For Diagnosis

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I remember, some years ago, sitting with a relative across a large wooden desk in a doctor’s private office. We discussed symptoms for half an hour during an initial consultation. On a different occasion, I recall another doctor pinning an MRI on the wall, circling an area and articulat­ing exactly why the radiologist overlooked a diagnosis. There once was a doctor who stood bedside, outlining what was known, what was baffling and how it would be investi­gated. Back in those days, there were even phone calls from physicians with results. Does this sound like an episode of New Amsterdam?

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