Statistics: friend or foe? It's a damned minefield
Anything and everything GPs do is rooted in evidence. There is not a clinical decision that we make that doesn’t involve considerations of probabilities, epidemiology and pathophysiology.
Our daily decisions are based on the latest medical evidence, our training and our experience — and we do this to stack the dice in our favour.
However, despite our best efforts, the universe will still roll these weighted dice.
Just like when a patient recently told me that her “Great Aunty Flo had a skin cancer that she treated with a ground-up flower and the