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Letters Foundation of wisdom: “I don’t know”

“I don’t know” needs to be followed by “perhaps we can find out”

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 05 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6359
  1. George L Spaeth, professor
  1. Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
  1. gspaeth{at}

Abbasi acknowledges that admitting “I don’t know” can be the trigger for more nuanced and honest conversations, especially with patients.1 This is both brave and wise.

There is little …

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