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Seeking Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease Paperback – July 24, 2012
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"...With engaging clarity backed by academic rigour, Cassels discusses a variety of popular investigational procedures...Seeking Sickness is an excellent way to start the important process of self-education."Quill and Quire
About the Author
Dr. H. Gilbert Welch is a general internist whose research focuses on the problems created by medicine's efforts to detect disease early. Most of his work has focused on overdiagnosis in cancer screening. He is the author of Should I be Tested for Cancer? and Overdiagnosed.
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The screenings are often presented to the healthy public as very beneficial and most people just sign the consent and get it done. Was that informed consent? In order to give informed consent, one must have all the relevant information. But how often do physicians and physician extenders discuss the rates of false positives, the likely sequence of events if there is an abnormal finding, the likely cost (both financial and emotional) to the patient, or even what is likely to happen if one does nothing at all? Can you blame them? Maybe not - there is a lot stacked against them: our pay-per-procedure health care system with its inherent conflict of interests for most providers, the litigious society in which we live and the resulting practice of "defensive medicine", the rampant direct-to-public advertising of medical screenings...
Can you get the facts anyway? Yes, and Cassels not only presents them for those most common screenings, he also includes an extensive reference list and bibliography (in the Kindle version, about 30 pages of the 177 page total), and gives you a short list of questions to ask your provider, to get the conversation started.
I found the author’s writing style to be clear, friendly, lively and quite captivating. I believe that this book, and others like it, should be read by everyone, if only to make healthy people aware of the possible dangers of medical screening and guide them towards making well-informed decisions.
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Read this before your next doctor appointment. Good information about screening for more diseases, how doctors are encouraged to use more drugs and unnecessary treatments. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Elizabeth M. Wood
Very easy to understand. Well written. Everyone should be an informed consumer not just of cars and appliances but far more importantly about health care.Published on April 7, 2014 by Dale J.
I preffered Dr Welch's book but both explain clearly the profit behind screening, the manipulation of data, and finding something does not mean disease!Published on February 10, 2014 by gumby
Great info regarding all the screenings that physicians and health insurances are trying to push on us. Allows the reader to make their own informed decisions.Published on November 4, 2013 by Silvia C German