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When the worst medical advice comes from the patient
Los Angeles Times

In the ongoing debate over how healthcare decisions ought to be made, doctors are generally seen as the ones running the show — the ones who decide who does the deciding. But it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes patients hijack the whole process. True story: A fellow with a cold came to see Dr. John Santa asking for antibiotics. Santa carefully explained that antibiotics wouldn’t do the man any good because his cold was caused by a virus, and antibiotics only work on bacterial infections.