Intended for healthcare professionals

Clinical Review State of the Art Review

Disease modifying therapies for relapsing multiple sclerosis

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 22 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3518

Diagnosis & Prognosis

Physicians treat sickness by probing the past and present (diagnosis), prescribing medicine or surgery, and predicting the future (prognosis). But sometimes physicians are wrong, because they’re so focused on esoteric scientific knowledge, that they ignore plain common sense by overlooking obvious questions, such as the patient’s contact with toxins and addictions, both of which are common causes of sickness. A wise physician knows that knowledge plus common sense is wisdom, but knowledge minus common sense is nonsense. 

Competing interests: No competing interests

24 August 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA