Friday, January 21, 2011
“Overdiagnosed,” is an interesting new book by Dartmouth professor H. Gilbert Welch and co-authors Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin. It's all about the hazards of looking too hard for health problems in healthy people. Bottom line: those additional tests and procedures offer no benefit but can result in real harm, certainly higher health-care costs and the simple psychological damage of being told you’re sick. This is part of the problem with our upside-down health care system.