Opinion: Understanding life stories can lead to better health care

We’re all familiar with Aesop’s boy who cried wolf: After repeatedly and falsely telling nearby villagers he saw a wolf, the wild dog finally appears. But having been fooled one too many times, the villagers refuse to respond, and the boy meets his ignominious end.

Clearly, the fable is meant to emphasize the importance of telling the truth, and more broadly, highlights the value our culture places on truth-telling. But is the story itself true or false?

By Peter McKnight

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