There is a vast difference between seeing something and actually acknowledging the existence of something. Our eyes allow us to visualize the numerous stimuli we encounter on a daily basis, but we oftentimes fail to actually see what is in front of us. In order to more fully understand this concept, watch the video shown in the following link. Be sure to follow the instructions.
Although this isn’t the case for everyone, the majority of individuals who watch this short clip fail to notice the entire situation in front of them. The same can be said when we drive a car and our mind wanders, only to realize moments later that you’ve been driving and not really paying attention. Yet, your eyes were indeed seeing everything in front of you and you just didn’t attentively acknowledge what they were seeing.
A physician must develop a keen awareness for not only seeing what is presented by a patient, but acknowledging all possible signs, symptoms, diagnoses, etc. in order to make a fully investigated decision. One must develop the ability to recognize all of the clues they are presented with.
Although I have read and investigated this concept years ago in my life, I would like to give credit to the book Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis by Lisa Sanders, MD, referenced on my recommended reading page. Within this text, the topic above is discussed in more detail and brought my attention to the subject matter once again so that I felt compelled to write this blog post.