‘Less Medicine, More Health – 7 assumptions that drive too much medical care’, the latest book by H Gilbert Welch, is a great read. An internist and epidemiologist at Darmouth University, he writes in an informal, conversational manner in easily understood language and the chapter on mammography screening, containing explanations about overdiagnosis and other harms, is brilliant.
‘Read this book. It is smart, witty, wonderfully written and above all, wise’, Atul Gawande MD.
‘By telling fascinating (and occasionally amusing) stories backed by reliable data, Dr. Welch challenges patients and the health-care establishment to rethink some very fundamental practices. His provocative prescriptions hold the potential to save money and, more important, improve health outcomes for us all’. http://www.beacon.org/Less-Medicine-More-Health-P1095.aspx