What aviation can teach us about medicine

Two hundred years ago, the only noninvasive visualization afforded to doctors was through the stethoscope. Today, our CTs, MRIs and other technologies offer unimaginable insight. The danger is, do we know what we’re looking at?

The tragic tale of Flight 447 should not only be a case study in aviation but also in medicine. Medicine is becoming less of a hands-on science and more dependent on sophisticated tests and high-tech scans. As in aviation, there is an overall benefit; diagnosis and treatment are better than ever. But the same problem bedevils medicine, perhaps more commonly — in difficult situations, inexperienced doctors are often uncertain of how to interpret sophisticated information presented to them, resulting in incorrect diagnoses or inappropriate treatment.

Read the whole piece by Cory Franklin, MD, in the Chicago Tribune.

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