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Shared decisions

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7089 (Published 08 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7089

It is a wise father that knows his own child (Merchant of Venice)

Share and share alike. These wise words mean that good fortune should
be shared with others. But bad fortune should also be shared. As an
elderly man, my father gave me an important lesson in sharing bad fortune.
As a physician with chronic health problems, I told my father that I was
so determined to improve healthcare, that I was willing to walk on hot
coals. My father replied that he would like to walk on the hot coals
before me, just to cool them off. What a father, and what a lesson!

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 January 2011
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA