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Overdiagnosed

Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health
Welch, H. Gilbert (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Welch, H. Gilbert
Title: Overdiagnosed
making people sick in the pursuit of health
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, c2011
Characteristics: xvii, 228 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa M. Schwartz, Steven Woloshin
Contents: Genesis : people become patients with high blood pressure
We change the rules : how numbers get changed to give you diabetes, high cholesterol, and osteoporosis
We are able to see more : how scans give you gallstones, damaged knee cartilage, bulging discs, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and blood clots
We look harder for prostate cancer : how screening made it clear that overdiagnosis exists in cancer
We look harder for other cancers
We look harder for breast cancer
We stumble onto incidentalomas that might be cancer
We look harder for everything else : how screening gives you (and your baby) another set of problems
We confuse DNA with disease : how genetic testing will give you almost anything
Get the facts
Get the system
Get the big picture
Conclusion : pursuing health with less diagnosis
Summary: 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.
Additional Contributors: Woloshin, Steve
Schwartz, Lisa
ISBN: 0807022004
9780807022009
Branch Call Number: 616.0754 W4397o 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Medical screening Medical misconceptions Diagnostic errors
Topical Term: Medical screening
Medical misconceptions
Diagnostic errors
LCCN: 2010037078
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Feb 09, 2013
  • 51anne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Reading this book will make you a more informed person and one more likely to ask questions about the tests and screenings your doctor insists you need.

Wow! A must read for everyone --brings real data and statistics to bear on a national problem.

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