When my father was 91 years old, he developed failure to thrive. It was painful to see him lose interest in food and activities that he formerly loved. His weight loss was not subtle and evaded the creative efforts of his family to restore his interest in eating. It was also quite apparent that he was depressed and in emotional despair. In response, his physicians ordered 2 sets of electromyographies, a computed tomographic scan with contrasts, an esophagogastroduodenoscopy, and colonoscopy. There was also an impressive list of laboratory tests, many of them duplications and all ordered by a “team” of physicians who neither spoke to one another nor demonstrated any interest in doing so.