Less Medicine, More Health: 7 Assumptions That Drive Too Much Medical Care

Less Medicine, More Health: 7 Assumptions That Drive Too Much Medical Care

by Gilbert Welch

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807071656
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dr. H. Gilbert Welch is an academic physician, a professor at Dartmouth Medical School, and a nationally recognized expert on the effects of medical testing. He has been published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on Today. Dr. Welch is the author of three previous books, including the highly acclaimed Overdiagnosed. He lives in Thetford, Vermont.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Our enthusiasm for everything medical

ASSUMPTION #1: ALL RISKS CAN BE LOWERED
Disturbing truth: Risks can’t always be lowered—and trying creates risks of its own

ASSUMPTION #2: IT’S ALWAYS BETTER TO FIX THE PROBLEM
Disturbing truth: Trying to eliminate a problemcan be more dangerous than managing one

ASSUMPTION #3: SOONER IS ALWAYS BETTER
Disturbing truth: Early diagnosis can needlessly turn people into patients

ASSUMPTION #4: IT NEVER HURTS TO GET MORE INFORMATION
Disturbing truth: Data overload can scare patients and distract your doctor from what’s important

ASSUMPTION #5: ACTION IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN INACTION
Disturbing truth: Action is not reliably the “right” choice

ASSUMPTION #6: NEWER IS ALWAYS BETTER
Disturbing truth: New interventions are typically not well tested and oft en wind up being judged
ineffective (even harmful)


ASSUMPTION #7: IT’S ALL ABOUT AVOIDING DEATH
Disturbing truth: A fixation on preventing death diminishes life

CONCLUSION: Seeking medical care is not the most important thing you can do for your health

Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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Less Medicine, More Health: 7 Assumptions That Drive Too Much Medical Care 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Steve-L More than 1 year ago
Dr. Welch's previous book was "Over Diagnosed", in which he explained how the American medical system uses aggressive screening to make well people feel that they are ill. In "Less Medicine More Health", Dr. Welch follows a similar line of thinking to expand upon his belief that too much medicine has too little value. Dr. Welch presents quantitative data in a way that is easy to understand and writes in a friendly, conversational style. This book is worth reading.
IndigoB More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this, along with the author's previously published Overdiagnosed, are must reads for patients and doctors alike.  For details see the professional reviews on this site, in particular that from Kirkus Reviews.