When you hear hoofbeats, think horses—not zebras.
PharmaPhorum asked Siren Interactive to write a series of blog posts about the world of rare diseases. In the six-part series, titled “Rare is different,” we’re showing how working within rare diseases is unlike other pharma markets, particularly in the knowledge and influence wielded by patients and caregivers.
I wrote the second post, “Why doctors are often stumped by rare disorders.” Physicians are trained to arrive at a medical diagnosis by starting with the potential causes that are most common. The adage is “When you hear hoofbeats, think horses—not zebras.” This is logical and effective if a patient has a common disease. But the diagnosis of a rare disease obviously requires a different approach.
Read the post to learn more about the issues that can limit a physician’s ability to effectively diagnose and treat rare disorders.
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