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c o m Pa s s P o i n t s

Some Things that
Every Physician
Should Know about
T.J. Huckleberry, MPA
Executive Director

Big Ben
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rom time to time I am asked, "T.J., what is the one issue that all physicians are most
passionate about?" Every time I get that question, I give the same answer. I stop
whatever I am doing, look the person square in the eye, grab him by the shoulder
and say,
"The State of Big Ben."
Ok, for all our esteemed colleagues who are saying, "What in the name of John Cleese
is he talking about?" break out your tea and scones. This entire article is devoted to all
things Big Ben.
(If you have "God Bless the Queen" on your ITunes account, please feel free to play it
now.)
Built in 1843, Big Ben is considered one of the UK's most famous and treasured
cultural landmarks. Millions of tourists and Londoners alike rely on its distinctive hour
and quarter bells to tell the time.
Big Ben is actually the nickname for the Bell itself, not the clock or the tower (which is
actually called the Elizabeth Tower). The enormous and iconic structure is a symbol of the
British people and beloved worldwide.....
And as of August 21, it will be silenced for FOUR BLOODY YEARS! Since 1860,
without fail, Big Ben chimed and now due to much needed upgrading and rehab, it will as
silent as one of those guards at Buckingham Palace!
So why do Docs care so much about Big Ben's prolonged acute laryngitis? Well, they
care for two reasons. The first is Big Ben's accuracy. The clock itself is accurate to within
one second. If you didn't know this already, a physician's time, especially in the office,
is paramount. Missing a beat can drastically affect how a physician interacts with his or
her patients. Physicians can only have admiration for something that is so consistently
accurate.
The second reason is how Big Ben is able to stay so accurate. Big Ben is a compilation
of steel, brick, gears, hands, and chimes. A mechanism of parts that rely on each other;
when one is removed the others fail. The same can be said for patient care. Ask any
physician; a team approach to medical science is essential for saving lives and restoring
health.

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