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Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in Pursuit of Health
Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in Pursuit of Health
Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in Pursuit of Health
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Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in Pursuit of Health

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Exposing the overdiagnosis of everything from high blood pressure to prostate and breast cancers , Dr. Welch traces the social, ethical, and economic ramifications of some of the worst excesses of American medical practice.

Going against the conventional wisdom reinforced by the medical establishment and Big Pharma that more screening is the best preventative medicine, Dr. Gilbert Welch builds a compelling counterargument that what we need are fewer, not more, diagnoses. Documenting the excesses of American medical practice that labels far too many of us as sick, Welch examines the social, ethical, and economic ramifications of a health-care system that unnecessarily diagnoses and treats patients, most of whom will not benefit from treatment, might be harmed by it, and would arguably be better off without screening.
 
Drawing on twenty-five years of medical practice and research, Dr. H. Gilbert Welch and his colleagues, Dr. Lisa M. Schwartz and Dr. Steven Woloshin, have studied the effects of screenings and presumed preventative measures for disease and “pre-disease.” Examining the social, medical, and economic ramifications of a health care system that unnecessarily diagnoses and treats patients, Welch makes a reasoned call for change that would save us from countless unneeded surgeries, debilitating anxiety, and exorbitant costs.
LanguageEnglish
Release dateSep 11, 2012
ISBN9781611749649
Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in Pursuit of Health

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    Required reading for medical tourists like myself who get very much optional screening tests (scans, blood tests etc) done in Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and India because we are not happy with monopoly healthcare insurance and rationing of medical care in Canada. 'Food for thought' to say the least. Do have to admit that at both Hanoi Heart Hospital and Sunrise Japan Hospital in Cambodia, physicians talked me out of unnecessary tests.