Do you practise like an art restorer, or a composer?

We doctors are often too fixated on process rather than results, argues Dr Hans Duvefelt
Dr Hans Duvefelt

We do a lot of things in our head in this business. Once a patient reports a symptom, we mentally run down lists of related follow-up questions, possible diagnoses, similar cases we have seen.

All this happens faster than we could ever describe in words (let alone type).