When Stubbornness in a Physician Nearly Proves Fatal

By Tony Dajer|Sunday, March 01, 2009
All was aflutter. The sixtysomething Chinese woman squirmed on her stretcher, hands trembling over her chest while her two daughters hovered anxiously. The emergency room din mounted as a note from the patient’s family physician appeared under my nose: “Status post neck sprain x 2 days, complaining of neck pain, bilateral arm numbness, weakness, dyspnea, need to rule out acute cervical disk herniation.” The patient’s expensive-looking clothes and red hair—set off b...

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