Overdiagnosis and the dangers of early detection

Ray Moynihan*

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How often it is in matters medical that the truth feels strange and counterintuitive, seduced as we are by so many false yet familiar assumptions: newer is better; widely used procedures are all proved; a registered drug must surely be a safe one. But perhaps the unhealthiest fallacy of all is the popular conviction that early detection is always for the best. A powerful new book from a team of Ivy League doctors claims that overdiagnosis is one of medicine’s biggest problems, causing millions of people to become patients unnecessarily, producing untold harm, and wasting vast amounts of resources.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberd1140
Pages (from-to)474-474
Number of pages1
Issue number7795
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


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