When Stubbornness in a Physician Nearly Proves Fatal

By Tony Dajer|Sunday, March 01, 2009
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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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