August 2006
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;8/15/2006, Vol. 175 Issue 4, p440
Academic Journal
The article warns medical students to never give casual medical advice, no matter how harmless it may seem. As a medical graduate, the author was consulted by his sister, concerned about her son's severe headaches. He advises her to go for a CT scan and finds that there are no complications. Now, the doctor regrets this, and stops advising friends or family. He contends that 'primum non nocere' is the code and without a physical exam, a lot of harm could come to patients.


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