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Overdiagnosed : making people sick in the pursuit of health

Author: H Gilbert Welch; Lisa Schwartz; Steve Woloshin
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, ©2011.
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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.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Welch, H. Gilbert.
Overdiagnosed.
Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2010037078
(OCoLC)610837006
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: H Gilbert Welch; Lisa Schwartz; Steve Woloshin
ISBN: 9780807022016 0807022012
OCLC Number: 703176649
Notes: Online version lacks index (EbscoHost platform, viewed April 24, 2014).
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 228 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Our enthusiasm for diagnosis --
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 --
Pursuing health with less diagnosis.
Responsibility: H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz, Steven Woloshin.

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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.

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