Overdiagnosis: is looking hard for things to be wrong a good way to promote health?

It’s easier to transform people into new patients than it is to treat the truly sick

If You Feel O.K., Maybe You Are O.K.
It’s easier to transform people into new patients than it is to treat the truly sick.

Early diagnosis has become one of the most fundamental precepts of modern medicine. It goes something like this: The best way to keep people healthy is to find out if they have (pick one) heart disease, autism, glaucoma, diabetes, vascular problems, osteoporosis or, of course, cancer — early. And the way to find these conditions early is through screening. ”

Continue reading If You Feel O.K., Maybe You Are O.K., by H. GILBERT WELCH, NewYorkTimes, 27 Feb 2012.

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