Learning from the detectives

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Category : Medical Rants

Many readers know that I love mystery novels and TV shows.  Recently I was talking with a 3rd year student, and realized that one of the reasons I love internal medicine is that every day I am a detective.  As I watch detective shows and movies and as I read or listen to detective novels I am learning lessons about being a better diagnostician.

The best detectives collect data prior to coming to conclusions. They avoid premature closure. As they look at the evidence they do not act on the obvious, but rather ask about missing data. They refuse to rush to judgment.

The best detectives interview “persons of interest” during their investigation, but when they find more evidence (using from the CSI group) they resume their interviews, asking new questions, building on the scientific evidence.

The best detectives use mind play to consider possibilities. They tell a story (either out loud, or in their minds) and in the telling test that story for inconsistent data.

The best detectives obsess, not willing to give up on finding the answer. They keep searching until the answer becomes crystal clear.

Could you substitute “the best internists” in the above paragraphs?

Comments (2)

The only difference is that the reel life detectives get more credit than real life ones.

The medical detectives use evidences as well at bedside.

the real evidence based medicine should include bedside evidences collected by medical detective bedside inquiry skills ,not only evidences in journals.

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