Overdiagnosed

Overdiagnosed

Book Title: Overdiagnosed

Author: Dr. H. Gilbert Welch

Format: Paperback | 248 pages

Publication Date: 20 Aug 2013

ISBN-13: 9780807021996

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.