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Comment author: Gregory_Lewis 11 November 2017 12:29:59AM 1 point [-]

Although it isn't clear in the story, doctors often use empirical treatment: i.e. treat the most likely culprit, then rely on the patient to come back if it doesn't work.

So I don't take this as a huge strike against the medical profession - after all, knowing a treatment hasn't worked is a large informational edge.