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Fascinating read that asks critical questions
on September 9, 2012
The book was entertaining, educational...asks a lot of very important questions about tests that we take for granted as obviously good. This book will not be popular with Big Pharma, (or medical device manufacturers, either) but as nearly all of us have to make decisions about whether and how to be screened for disease, this book is very helpful in both sharing critical data and also in helping us understand what many of these statistics bandied about actually mean. (In many cases, it's not very much.) Since screening has real costs, both in terms of false positives, collateral damage from follow-up procedures, and drug side-effects, and because we usually aren't really given the whole unvarnished truth when faced with decisions to screen or not to screen, this book is very valuable, if only in asking us to ask more questions of those who would seek to test us for disease.