There Will Be No Problems: Confidence and Reassurance

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On a recent show, Dave opined that shaving one’s armpit hair might cut down on deodorant failure, and a listener called into vindicate him, much to Mark Moubarek’s shame.  Another listener, PharmD and author Tony (he’s written a book you might want to try if you’re looking for “a relaxed approach” to memorizing pharmacology), wants to know how a medical student gets to the point where they can be confident enough to say to a patient, “There will be no problems.” Mark, Amy Young, John Pienta, and newcomer Julie Gudenkauf weigh in on the acquisition of confidence and the art of reassurance.

We also discuss the phenomena of the desperate patients who are swallowing parasite eggs in an effort to cure themselves after medicine has thrown up its hands.  The danger of such a ‘treatment’ may be evident, but what’s a sick person to do when the options have run out?

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