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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa M. Schwartz, Steven Woloshin Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Angie | 2/16/2014

    " It's about time someone wrote a book intended for an educated lay audience on this topic! The gist is that there is little to no scientific evidence that testing health people for every disease in the book actually makes for longer or healthier lives. The authors encourage people to decide for themselves how much testing is right for them and to think critically about the available evidence for screening. The writing is backed up by research and statistics by the wheel-barrow load. But kept from being dull and dry by personal stories sprinkled in the illustrate the science. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patricia Cluthe | 2/12/2014

    " Don't necessarily agree with everything but found it informative and well written. Think it would help to have some medical knowledge to understand it well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carla | 2/6/2014

    " Very cogent overview of relative risks and statistics in several conditions, including cancer. Left me with the distinction that the "worried well" fret too much about too little. Wish staistics like this were more accessible and more often seen. Also raises some thorny issues as a culture and a society we need to face as health care becomes more accessible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joseph Gowen | 1/29/2014

    " Fantastic premise, well researched and presented. This should be read by all health care professionals and anyone else who has ever wondered, "Do I really need this medical test?" Overdiagnosis is one the biggest problems in our current health care system, and contributes to the insane rise in costs of medical care. After you read this book, you will look at health statistics in a whole new light. "

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