What a rock band can teach doctors about patient care

As well as their 1980s hit Jump, the rock band Van Halen were famous for refusing to play concerts unless they were supplied with a bowl of M&Ms with the brown ones removed.

Rather than being a case of Spinal Tap-like prima donna behaviour, the band claimed this was a test of the venue’s attention to detail and a minimum safety standard for their complex pyrotechnic stage show.

Whether you agree with this or not,  Harvard Medical School geriatrician Dr Andrea Wershof Schwartz writes in JAMA this month that there is an important lesson for holistic care of the

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