Note: those doing exams are often the worst offenders as they are cramming obscure knowledge in order to cover “everything possible” that an exam might test them on, even if it is as rare as hens teeth!
But why do we say this? What is wrong with sending every test you can possibly think of for every possible disease, however rare, that might explain the patient’s symptoms? How do Doctors choose what tests to perform and have you ever considered how reliable the results that come back are!? You might be shocked to know that not all tests are completely accurate.
Okay, bear with me on this. The science is complicated and involves statistics… (stay with me everyone!!!) but it’s a fundamental part of medicine so I’m going to stick with it, come on, come with me… there is a “are you still confused” recap at the end, honest you will get it, Editor-Chief-in-Charge wrote it and she doesn’t do stats!