A must read from an amazing doctor blogger!
Do you find yourself tongue-tied in the presence of health care practitioners? Are you afraid to ask questions? Do you take medication whose names and side effects you do not know? Then you are the one I wrote this post for. I often kid people that in Nigeria, the herbal doctors are superior to the practitioners of orthodox medicine. This is because of the awe in which they are held. Knowing that there is sometimes a superstitious angle to their prescriptions, people rarely question their diagnoses. They pay huge amounts for treatments that no one can be held accountable for; as these doctors are not culpable for the consequences of whatever they do to you, or give you to drink.
When I was in medical school, we were required to observe as many surgeries as possible. Standing behind the operating table we would watch the surgeon, all the…
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