It is not uncommon to hear that one should learn from his successes and mistakes but as I critically analyze my life, I have tried to learn from every experience no matter how irrelevant it might have seemed at first. In fact, my internal medicine philosophy is nothing but the outcome of the lessons of all these experiences. One of my first interests in life as a young child was reading detective novels. Even back then, I was aware why I loved detective novels despite their predictable endings. What I really loved about detective novels was not the hero or the endings but the thought processes that were involved in solving the cases. The novels helped me realize that things are not always what they seem and facts cannot be unearthed unless one has looked at all aspects of an issue. In other words, detective novels helped me develop a love for critical and independent thinking. While medical science has come a long way, especially over the last few decades, human element is still very important in efficient delivery of healthcare practices and diagnosis often depends upon the skills of the healthcare practitioner rather than state of technology. As a medical practitioner, I will not rule out any possibility no matter how remote it may seem but I realize the cost of any negligence may mean the whole difference in the life of someone.