I joke, but I only half joke, that if you come to one of our hospitals missing a limb, no one will believe you till they get a CAT scan, MRI or orthopedic consult.

Abraham Verghese

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“A Doctor’s Touch.” TEDGlobal 2011. Jul. 2011. Conference Presentation.

Source: "A Doctor's Touch." TEDGlobal 2011. Jul. 2011. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from physician and writer Abraham Verghese's 2011 TED Talk about major problems in the health care system. The quote means that hospitals have lost their common sense; even if a patient's ailment is obvious, multiple unnecessary tests are ordered to confirm what could have been diagnosed by merely looking at the patient. Watch the full TED Talk here: Abraham Verghese - A Doctor's Touch