Physicians and patients often face tough and agonizing choices. Sometimes, there are no good options available. On other occasions, there are two seemingly reasonable choices in front of you, but there may be a very different outcome from each pathway. For example, a patient may be advised by a surgeon to submit to the scalpel while the gastroenterologist counsels to opt for another 48 hours hoping that the medical situation will improve. Which physician is correct? They both may be right. If the patient were to deteriorate 24 hours later, then the operation that had been favored by the surgeon would have been the better choice. If, however, the patient were to improve spontaneously a day or two later, then avoiding high risk surgery would be clearly favored. Physicians make decisions based on knowledge and experience. Often, there is a conflict between knowledge and experience that physicians struggle to resolve. For example, a doctor may have read in a medical study tha
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