Here is an excellent, in-depth New York Times article about how, when given a 50/50 chance to improve or survive, most patients feel they will be part of the “lucky” group. 

Human nature, wouldn’t you agree?  Click-on the headline to read the article…

When Optimism Is Unrealistic
By PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D. – Published: March 3, 2011

I did want to include this short excerpt from the article above:
 
“It’s the Lake Wobegon effect, ” said Dr. Daniel P. Sulmasy, senior author and a professor of medicine and ethics at the University of Chicago. “If you have more than 50 percent of patients saying their chances are better than average of avoiding some harm or obtaining some benefit, they are being unrealistically optimistic because you can’t say that most people are above average.”

So true!  Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

Leave a Reply