- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Greystone Books; 1 edition (July 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1771000325
- ISBN-13: 978-1771000321
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Seeking Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease Paperback – July 24, 2012
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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.