Medical decisions: Patients and doctors only think they have control

Author: John Mandrola, MD
Date Published: June-2014
Source: MEDCITY News

This is a very short story about a baby bird, a yoga mom and a hawk. I tell it because it made me think about the disordered way we frame healthcare decisions.The neighborhood is one of old brick houses, cracked cement sidewalks and tall trees. What was once a suburb is now a city neighborhood. What was once a community of older folks is now one of young couples and children. There is money here. There is education here. This is not the 1% but maybe the 2.4%. The fit young mother dressed in yoga pants and a bright-colored top was pushing a jogging stroller with two children. A typical image in the land of the educated and tall trees and brick houses.