It was the 1970s, and along with Disney World opening and the Dolphins going undefeated, a machine was invented that would change the face of medicine forever. This machine was the MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine. While this would go on to be one of the greatest things to happen to medicine, there was an unintended consequence to all this extra information now being presented to doctors.
Back surgery rates went up significantly, but patient outcomes did not to change much. The reason was that this new MRI information was helpful, but it also overloaded physicians with too much information, making them rely too heavily on these detailed pictures over their clinical knowledge. This wasn’t something specific to doctors, but rather an inborn error in thinking. We, as humans, are awful at sorting information for appropriate relevance when presented with too much of it.