n South African Medical Journal - Masterly inactivity : a forgotten precept : correspondence
|Article Title||Masterly inactivity : a forgotten precept : correspondence|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 Queen's University, Canada|
|Publication Date||May 2015|
To the Editor: When I was a medical student at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in the mid-1950s a wise old professor introduced me to the treatment concept of masterly inactivity. Sometimes just waiting and seemingly doing nothing is the favoured therapeutic modality. Over a lifetime in medicine, I have seen many occasions when this approach was successful, and other times when physicians, including myself, have broken this rule with unfortunate and anti-therapeutic results.
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