I would like to offer the following comments as a letter to the editor concerning Dr. Hopping’s recent President’s Column.
Consider this scenario: John, an obese patient, presents for his routine eye exam. Dr. Smith, a very caring practitioner, suggests that John should consider “exercising” in order to reduce his weight not only for his ocular well-being but also for the overall health benefits that would ensue. John goes home and tells his wife that he has never met a more concerned doctor and intends to follow his advice. The next morning John goes out for a jog and is found dead a few blocks away having suffered a massive heart attack. At the trial the widow tearfully informs the jury that John would still be with her had it not been for Dr. Smith’s advice. Read the rest of this entry ?