Here is an excerpt from my book that mirrors what he just wrote:
- The emergency room (ER) doctor. They do “triage” – separating the hopeless from the ones that can be helped. Performing quick fixes to keep patients alive for as long as possible. They strive for short term band-aids to fix up the patient. They will take a patient with a heart attack induced by smoking, bad diet and no exercise and get them stabilized.
- The operating room (OR) doctor. They get the patient after the ER doctor has triaged them and patched them up. They strive for long term fixes to keep the patient not only alive but as fully functioning as possible. They perform the by-pass operation on that heart attack attempting to clear the arteries.
- The physical therapist (PT). They get the patient after the operating room doctor is finished and begin a long and painful (not to mention expensive) process of rehabilitation.
- The preventative medicine doctor. They strive to avoid the above three doctors at all costs. They counsel the patient to quit smoking, eat a healthy diet, and exercise – developing a phased plan to get them in shape. If they do their job right – with the exception of unfortunate accidents (like a car accident), the patient will never see the ER, OR or PT doctors.