I am not sure why cardiologist Haider Warrich is surprised that the most compelling argument in favor of taking statins, for a particular unsophisticated patient, was the revelation that he had made the same recommendation to his father in a similar medical situation. After all, isn't one of the best questions for those with limited medical research skills and limited time in which to ask questions the one that asks the provider what they would recommend were their mother the patient? Appears to cut right to the chase, doesn't it?
Of course, there is a lively dispute about whether doctors who treat every patient like their mother actually are more likely to harm their patients. So, there may well be dangers in saying "treat me as you would your mother" but are those dangers as great as relying on what Warrich calls "Google medicine?"
If there are good evidence-based reasons why we urge health providers not to provide care to close relatives, maybe none of us should want to be treated as any provider's mother would be. And maybe Dr. Warrich's solution is no solution at all.