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What should clinicians do when faced with conflicting recommendations?

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2530 (Published 28 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2530

L’Allegro and Il Penseroso (Milton)

Life is a series of dilemmas. We are constantly faced with imperfect choices
which conflict with each other. How can we resolve such dilemmas? First, we
must recognize that both choices might be wrong, and that we have yet to
consider the correct choice. So we must not rush headlong into prematurely
resolving a dilemma by making a choice. Instead, we must delineate and
analyze the underlying factors and search for all possible solutions. Let’s strive
to be more penseroso (thoughtful) and less allegro (action-oriented).

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 December 2008
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA