Dr. Manchanda believes that medicine and the perfect golf game are the prime examples of what is wrong in medicine today.
When hitting the first golf shot at the course from the driving range, a player uses his or her driver. The goal is simple: to get the ball as close as possible to their target.
However, what happens when that same golfer introduces a hybrid club into the game?
Choosing the Club for the Outcome You Need
In golf, the player decides what kind of club to use based on the desired result. He or she would not use a driver for every hit – just like a golfer would not use their putter to drive the ball.
However, in medicine, physicians aren’t practicing this concept of adaptivity. In theory, they’re trying to attack all golf balls with the driver.
They have defined their patients with a one-size-fits-all approach – medicine does not work that way.
As a result of this issue, Dr. Manchanda proposes an individualized artisanal approach.
Just like golf, a good player uses their driver to hit a ball 220 yards or even 300 yards. When they need only 100 yards out of their game, they use a hybrid club, a regular club, or reach for wood.
Applying this theory to medicine, one treatment for all is not the answer.
The game of medicine should be itemized, which is the cornerstone of precision medicine – what Dr. Manchanda calls the artisan approach.