“I don’t like taking medicines.”
All physicians hear some form of this opinion very frequently. Even more frequently, patients don’t state this view outright but rely on it to completely subvert their doctor’s plans.
When I was new to practice such an utterance would shock and confuse me.
“I don’t want to take any medicines,” a patient would declare.
“That’s fine,” I would reassure my interlocutor. “It’s a free country. No one is going …