So now they are fashionable, previously they were just a little quirky, old-manish and just plain expensive. But I must have seen their potential when I bough them!
When it comes to practising medicine there is still much to be said for the 'old ways' and for not despising teachers from the past. What they said then might have great benefit for the practice of medicine now. Take theses words of Sir Robert Hutchinson from the BMJ in 1928,
Don'ts for diagnosticians
1. Don't be too clever
2. Don't diagnose rarities
3. Don't be in a hurry
4. Don't mistake a label for a diagnosis
5. Don't be too cock sure
6. Don't hesitate to revise your diagnosis from time to time in a chronic case.To fail to value the past is what C S Lewis describes as 'chronological snobbery' and I guess we all fall for it at times.