When someone new moves into the neighborhood, he introduces me as “The woman who saved my life.” It’s true. But it’s just as true that I’m the woman who could have been responsible for his death.
Suzanne Koven M.D. is a primary care internist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She writes a monthly column about the uncertainties, dilemmas, and stories that patients and doctors share in practice. Read her blog on Boston.com/Health. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her website: www.suzannekovenmd.com.