Good for what ails you! 3
angry mum: I saw on the news just now about this old man in Taiwan with a chronic disease who was told by his doctor that he had to take his medicines every day 'till the day you die'.
angry doc: Uh-huh.
angry mum: Well, apparently he felt it was all so futile and he got so depressed that he refused to eat for three days.
angry doc: He was probably depressed to start with... Then what happened?
angry mum: His family brought him to see another doctor, who told him that that was no reason to be depressed since he has to eat every day 'till the day you die' too. He got better right after that; goes to show the power of positive thinking...
angry doc: Well, I tell my patients they have to take their meds every day till the day they die too, but that that day may come later if they stuck to their meds.
angry mum: Why don't you just tell them they will live longer if they take the meds?
angry doc: Er... because the meds don't guarantee they live longer, they just improve their odds of living longer.
angry mum: Yes, but they don't have to know that. If they died three months afterwards you can just tell the family he would have died a month earlier if he had not taken the meds.
angry doc: Have you been reading Mr Wang's blog?