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Common Sense

Posted Sep 22 2008 5:37pm
A rare commodity in todays society, common sense. It must be differentiated from conventional wisdom. Reggie White, the great Green Bay Packer defensive lineman, died at age 43 after being suddendly stricken.
It is generally believed that he was a victim of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. I just read in the sleep literature of a doctor who sent Reggie a letter 10 years ago warning of the dangers of sleep apnea and GERD. The letter went unanswered.
Conventional wisdom would say,"Why didn't my doctor mention this? It must not be too important".
Common sense answer would be,"Your doctor didn't know enough about this to 'connect the dots' and arrive at a life saving diagnosis."
The point is SOMEONE suspicioned the very problems that killed Reggie YEARS before the event. I promise you that he had "the very best medical care money can buy". The professional teams usually pride themselves on this idea that they MUST protect their investment. Conventional wisdom?
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