A good doctor should rarely be surprised by test results

Some reflections by a doctor on tests, and their overuse, particularly relevant in light of the recent prostrate screening advice. Some quotes:

Tests that show something unintended are where it can get scary folks. And this is something few ever really think about. It is sort of “beware of what you ask for.” ….

What I want you to takeaway is this: I have been taught as a doc, that when you get a test, you should know what it will show. This was true then and it is true now. When a good doctor sits down with you, obtains a good history and physical, and then judiciously orders a test on you, I can guarantee you they will rarely be surprised by the results because they already know.

A good doctor should rarely be surprised by test results.

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