Less Medicine, More Health

Less Medicine, More Health

7 Assumptions That Drive Too Much Medical Care

eBook - 2015
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-- Less Medicine, More Health By telling fascinating (and occasionally amusing) stories backed by reliable data, Dr. Welch challenges patients and the health-care establishment to rethink some very fundamental practices. His provocative prescriptions hold the potential to save money and, more important, improve health outcomes for us all. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, 2015
ISBN: 9780807071656
080707165X
9780807071649
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jul 12, 2015

A very readable book that addresses inherent risks associated with health screening and aggressive medical interventions. More is not always better, something is not always better than nothing, early is not always better than later.

This is not quack medicine touting some new approach to health. This is a real look inside the current trend in US medicine of focusing on health screening, and the costs that individual patients assume in terms of anxiety, over-diagnosis, mis-directed interventions and unnecessary health risks. Are the cancers that we are finding early really significant? Are the interventions responsible for improved survival, or were the cancers NEVER going to cause any problems? Who knows?

This is heady material, and well worth considering. What is YOUR tradeoff in terms of quality versus quantity of life? Is living longer always the most attractive option? At what cost?

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