One of my favorite physician sayings is, “Don’t just do something, stand there!” Which means that it’s better to do nothing than to do something that doesn’t help. As I move through my career, I find myself agreeing. I am endlessly amazed at the number of things we do for no good reason, and that patients come to expect, also for no good reason. For instance, we believe that every earache and sore throat needs an antibiotic, when it’s clearly not the case. We always give antibiotics for seven to ten days, but without knowing why we picked those durations (other than the fact that they were easy to remember).
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