When You Write To Me About Medical Problems...

Many of you have written to me regarding medical problems you, or your loved ones, have experienced. Please realize that —

When you express a desire to know more about an illness or disease rather than (unrealistically) wanting me to manage the case, I do try to respond with some general information, when my time permits.

My own experience is that when patients ask for more “information,” many are actually expressing fears or deep concerns that mere Internet surfing cannot even begin to address.

If you are interested in medicine and diseases, then a visit to the library (or a medical shool bookstore!) is appropriate.

Bottom line — If you have medical questions, ask your doctor. If you don’t have a primary care giver, then please go get one. Your life may depend on it.

revised — December, 1999
reviewed — December, 2002

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