Saturday, December 20, 2008


One of the books I read in the past couple of weeks was Shannon Brownlee's Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer. Unsurprisingly, I was fascinated by this book: It explains all of the many studies finding that certain types of medical treatment are ineffective or harmful, why medical care itself is risky, why medical care is overused in so many ways, and how much of modern medicine is unsupported by evidence (typical quote: "David Eddy, a heart surgeon turned mathematician turned health care economist . . . estimates that as little as 15 percent of what doctors do is backed up by valid evidence.")


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