Friday, September 7, 2012

Who is right?

A dentist shared that sometimes the most obvious may not be the obvious. Let me elaborate.

A patient complained about a toothache on the lower jaw and insists that the tooth should be extracted. Upon examination, the dentist noticed that there is a worse decaying tooth on the upper jaw. Experience tells her that the upper tooth is causing the pain not the lower tooth.

Against the insistence of the patient, she has to convince the patient to remove the upper tooth for the pain at the lower tooth to disappear. Illogical as it may seem, it worked! After the upper tooth was extracted, the pain was gone.

Though we seem certain of the root cause, it’s good to stop for a while and listen to the expert. Experto crede.

Do you trust your expert?

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