Why this GP wishes his clinical hunches were wrong more often

He did a double take as we passed on our small town sidewalk the other day.


“Hey Doc, I didn’t recognise you dressed like that, without your...”, he gestured to where my tie or stethoscope would have been. I was wearing a casual T-shirt and faded Levis.

“Did you hear about the appointment with the cardiologist yet?” I asked.

“It’s in two weeks,” he answered. “Tell me, Doc, how serious is this murmur?”

“Right now, not very, but you could end up needing a valve job some day, so you’ll need to have