Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick In The Pursuit Of Health

January 3, 2012|
Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick In The Pursuit Of Health by H. Gilbert Welch
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A complex web of factors has created the phenomenon of overdiagnosis: the popular media promotes fear of disease and perpetuates the myth that early, aggressive treatment is always best; in an attempt to avoid lawsuits, doctors have begun to leave no test undone, no abnormality overlooked; and profits are being made from screenings, medical procedures, and pharmaceuticals. Revealing the social, medical, and economic ramifications of a health-care system that overdiagnoses and overtreats patients, Dr. H. Gilbert Welch makes a reasoned call for change that would save us pain, worry, and money.

Table of Contents... Introduction: Our Enthusiasm for DiagnosisChapter 1) Genesis: People Become Patients with High Blood PressureChapter 2) We Change the Rules: How Numbers Get Changed to Give You Diabetes, High Cholesterol, and OsteoporosisChapter 3) We Are Able to See More: How Scans Give You Gallstones, Damaged Knee Cartilage, Bul...
Title:Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick In The Pursuit Of HealthFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:248 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:248 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:Beacon PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0807021997

ISBN - 13:9780807021996

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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