Why doctors are fascinated by zebras

A big problem with medicine today is that it's become so super-specialized . The brightest doctors spend years training in order to acquire mastery over a very small sub-domain of a particular specialty. This is why we now have pediatric neurologists and non-invasive cardiologists, each of whom specializes only in one tiny sliver of medicine. The advantage is that they're very good at what they do , which is great when the patient has a rare and complicated problem. This is why these specialists are best confined to referral medical centers in a teaching university hospital, which attract patients with complex illnesses.

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