In the field of medicine there are two kinds of problems. They are either acute or chronic. Acute doesn’t mean sweet and attractive like, “That’s acute baby.” That would read instead, “That’s a cute baby.” Emphasis on the gap between the a and the c.
AcuteÂ to physicians means sudden in onset or demanding sudden attention. “My daughter woke up this morning and has a very sore throat. Can she come in and see a physician today?” That’s an acute problem and if you’re a $mart physician, the answer is, “Ye$, and bring her in right away.”–before $he gets better on her own. If you get my drift.
High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc… are chronic problems and are treated usually with much less urgent fanfare. No one has died from a sudden rise inÂ their cholesterol although these chronic problems can be very important also. The key to being an efficient and effective physician (read very successful) is to keep these two types of problems completely separate.Â Â
I do not let someone who has an acute medicalÂ problem suddenly turnÂ their visit for aÂ sore throat and coughÂ into a prolonged visit to now address their hypertention or diabetes that they have been avoiding seeing me for over the past 6 months. This puts a bad taste in my mouth and if they persist, I would suggest putting that bad taste back in theirs, like prescribing cod liver oil for that sore throat their complaining about.