Sir William Osler once said, “Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.” Although we have made tremendous strides over the past several decades in our understanding of rheumatic disease, unknowns will remain pervasive in our field. Becoming a proficient rheumatologist requires we recognize our own human fallibility in our decision-making process and learn to cope with the restlessness that comes when definitiveness is obscured from our view.
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Richard Zamore, MD, MPH, is a rheumatologist at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, and was formerly a rheumatology fellow at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
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