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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; 1 edition (Jan. 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807021997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807021996
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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“Very insightful and engaging.”—Dennis Rosen, The Boston Globe

“One of the most important books about health care  in the last several years.”—Cato Institute 

"One of the big strengths of this relatively small book is that if you are inclined to ponder medicine's larger questions, you get to tour them all. What is health, really?... In the finite endeavor that is life, when is it permissible to stop preventing things? And if the big questions just make you itchy, you can concentrate on the numbers instead: The authors explain most of the important statistical concepts behind evidence-based medicine in about as friendly a way as you are likely to find."—Abigail Zuger, MD, The New York Times

"Overdiagnosed —albeit controversial—is a provocative, intellectually stimulating work. As such, all who are involved in health care, including physicians, allied health professionals, and all current or future patients, will be well served by reading and giving serious thought to the material presented."─ JAMA

“Everyone should read this book before going to the doctor! Welcome evidence that more testing and treatment is not always better.”─ Susan Love, MD, author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book
 
“This book makes a compelling case against excessive medical screening and diagnostic testing in asymptomatic people. Its important but underappreciated message is delivered in a highly readable style. I recommend it enthusiastically for everyone.”─ Arnold S. Relman, MD, editor-in-chief emeritus, New England Journal of Medicine, and author of A Second Opinion: Rescuing America’s Health Care
 
“This stunning book will help you and your loved ones avoid the hazards of too much health care. Within just a few pages, you’ll be recommending it to family and friends, and, hopefully, your local physician. If every medical student read Overdiagnosed, there is little doubt that a safer, healthier world would be the result.”─ Ray Moynihan, conjoint lecturer at the University of Newcastle, visiting editor of the British Medical Journal, and author of Selling Sickness
 
“An ‘overdiagnosis’ is a label no one wants: it is worrisome, it augurs ‘overtreatment,’ and it has no potential for personal benefit. This elegant book forewarns you. It also teaches you how and why to ask, ‘Do I really need to know this?’ before agreeing to any diagnostic or screening test. A close read is good for your health.”─ Nortin M. Hadler, MD, professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of Worried Sick and The Last Well Person
 
“We’ve all been made to believe that it is always in people’s best interest to try to detect health problems as early as possible. Dr. Welch explains, with gripping examples and ample evidence, how those who have been overdiagnosed cannot benefit from treatment; they can only be harmed. I hope this book will trigger a paradigm shift in the medical establishment’s thinking.” —Sidney Wolfe, MD, author of Worst Pills, Best Pills and editor of WorstPills.org

About the Author

Dr. H. Gilbert Welch is a renowned authority on the effects of medical screening who has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, NPR, and in the New York Times and Washington Post. He and his coauthors, Dr. Lisa M. Schwartz and Dr. Steven Woloshin, nationally recognized experts in risk communication, are professors at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. 

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This priceless book and books like it are long overdue. In addition to sharing their own personal experiences, the authors argue for common sense in seeking/maintaining health. In particular, they suggest that most people may be better off to seek medical help/advice when they are sick/injured rather than when they are perfectly healthy and asymptomatic. Because physicians, using current technology, can see more and more (smaller and smaller) "anomalies" inside the bodies of completely healthy individuals, they are likely to send these people for additional tests, scans and, unfortunately, for treatments for conditions that would never have become health issues, i.e., they would be overdiagnosed. Consequently, the authors recommend that people be more discriminating in seeking medical advice; otherwise, they may unnecessarily become patients with potentially much less than positive results.

The book is written in a prose that is very clear, accessible, engaging, lively, authoritative, compassionate, humane and, most importantly, impeccably logical. Backed up by loads of statistics, charts and pertinent data, this is a book that really should be read by everyone. I believe that it contains advice that would lead to less suffering and the more focussed diagnosis and treatment of sick individuals.
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Nous sommes tous concernés par ce livre. Nous passons tous des tests de routine ou de dépistage lorsque nous allons chez le médecin. Ce livre montre que, contrairement à l'opinion générale, cela n'est pas toujours à notre avantage. S'ils connaissaient mieux les limites, inconvénients et risques révélés dans ce livre, plusieurs médecins restreindraient leur usage de ces tests et plusieurs patients n'accepteraient pas de les passer. L'analyse est compétente, claire et honnête. Elle met en lumière un phénomène d'une telle ampleur qu'il aide à comprendre pourquoi les systèmes de santé peinent à fournir à la demande malgré les ressources toujours plus grandes qu'on y injecte : diagnostiquer et traiter inutilement des millions de gens qui ne sont pas destinés à souffrir des maladies pour lesquelles on les traite représente un fardeau important et croissant pour ces systèmes.
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Excellent book showing examples of why being tested and treated for every disease on the planet may not actually change the outcome. The problem of course, is that once you find something like cancer, the pressure to treat it is on! Saying yes, or no to treatment isn't as clear cut as we would like it to be, nor does the author champion one side in particular. Rather, Dr. Welch discusses the reasoning behind what we are told by our doctors and why what we think we know may not be true...interesting book that is helpful on one hand, and puts us in a frustrating position on the other.
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Excellent! Important book to become responsible of our health.
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Everyone should read this book!
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