When ‌‌Doctors Talk About Patients, We Often Begin With Age

From a New York Times guest essay by Daniela J. Lamas headlined “As a Doctor, I See Aging Differently”:

When ‌‌doctors talk about patients in the hospital, we so often begin with age. A 75-year-old man with shortness of breath. A 30-year-old woman with joint swelling. Knowing our patients’ ages allows us to focus on the most likely diagnoses and to develop a mental image of the patient before we enter the room.