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Spurious syndromes: we create disease by giving every illness a name

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1828 (Published 04 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1828

Re: Spurious syndromes: we create disease by giving every illness a name


Diagnosis is the sine qua non of healthcare. Without a diagnosis, doctors don't know how to help patients. But there are many patients who can't be diagnosed or don't respond to treatment. So doctors should set basic universal guides, such as eliminating all toxins and addictions, because both are common, covert causes of sickness. It's time to go beyond the limitations of diagnostic medicine by using holistic common sense and not allowing the diagnosis to become a Procrustean bed, hospital bed, or death bed.
 Diagnoses are divisive devices, but holism is the key to realism, pragmatism, and health.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 March 2014
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA