Without giving away any spoilers, Harry Potter and his friends eventually triumph against the basilisk. But they don’t do it alone. The wise counsel of their teachers, the sincerity with which they studied what little was known about the creature and informed speculation, partly based on intuition, enabled them to prevail. That is perhaps the biggest takeaway of basilisk hunting: A proper education, whether in wizardry or medicine, is the best weapon to stalk, subdue and slay dangerous beasts.
Bharat Kumar, MD, MME, FACP, RhMSUS, is the associate program director of the rheumatology fellowship training program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Follow him on Twitter @BharatKumarMD.
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