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b_b  ·  2941 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Bone marrow stem cells shown safe, beneficial for chronic stroke patients

Maybe it's a good idea for a patient to hire out a medical librarian if diagnosed with a terrible disease that lacks well known treatments. Part of the problem is that doctors know their sphere of influence, but new information is cumbersome, constantly evolving, and diffuse. No one can keep up with it all, let alone any physician who is already probably working 50, 60, 70 hours per week treating patients. I would say it's always in a patient's best interest to gather as much knowledge as possible for their self. Second, third, and fourth opinions should always be sought for life threatening diseases (provided that it's not an emergency, obviously).