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05 September 2007


Andra Mount

Very interesting blog. Seemed appropriate to send you a link to a USA Today article talking about anchoring being a problem with doctors when diagnosing an illness:

Here is a quote from the article:

According to a 2003 Journal of the American Medical Association review of autopsy studies, doctors misdiagnose 8% to 24% of the time. Cognitive errors, such as latching onto a diagnosis that seems the most likely without considering other possibilities — which experts call "anchoring" — are among many root causes ...

Abel Winn

Thanks for sending that along, Andra. I'll read it at the first opportunity. I ran into medical anchoring at the beginning of the year when my dad came down with a sudden illness. (He's doing well now, though, incidentally.)

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