Volume 13 - Issue 9 - September 2005

L ast month’s editorial opened the discussion of how our particular experiences can mistakenly shape our understanding of the practice of medicine. When systems are structured so that we only see one of many possible outcomes, it’s very easy to succumb to referral bias and believe that the outcome that you see is the only possible one that could occur. Let’s consider some examples. Pustular Psoriasis with Systemic Steroids I have a friend, a physician like me, who specializes in psoriasis treatment. Let’s call him Steve. Steve is a full-time dermatologist. He teaches his residents never t