Thursday, November 17, 2011


From the Globe and Mail In medicine,sometimes it's better to do nothing

In the seminal work of satire The House of God, author Samuel Shem provided a list of commandments for good medical care. The infamous 13th Law of the House of God was: “The delivery of good medical care is to do as much nothing as possible.” Yet, since the book’s publication in 1978, overtreatment has reached such tragicomic proportions that the satire has melted away, leaving only age-old wisdom. It’s as if we have come full circle back to Hippocrates, who said: “To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy


  1. If they would only apply that to mental health. I feel the side-effects out way the benefits.


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