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The retrospectoscope provides everyone with 20:20 hindsight, thus making clear what the diagnosis and correct course of action was.

A degree of humility and caution should be used when wielding it, since almost all doctors undergo retrospectoscopy at some time during their careers, and although enlightening it can be painful and like most investigations is not without morbidity and mortality.

Also like many investigations, excessive use of it can increase costs for no, or even negative, benefit by in this case encouraging excessively Defensive medicine.

The retrospectoscope does not exist in the same way as the sigmoidoscope, and neither does the other chronoscope, with which doctors are sometimes asked to see the future.

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