January 27, 2011

THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM IS ALWAYS WRONG:

A Pound of Prevention Is Worth a Closer Look (ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D., 1/25/11, NY Times)

Make no mistake about it: modern medicine is a religion. For all the complicated science, the bottom line is that either you believe in the science or you don’t. If you are an average citizen and have your doubts, then you can just go about your business. But suppose you are a doctor and have your doubts. Then what?

Then, if you are smart and courageous enough, you may go the route taken by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch and his colleagues at the Dartmouth School of Medicine over the last decade or so, as they persistently, politely tack their theses to the church door. Their writings (some for this newspaper) add up to a substantial protest against portions of the received wisdom that keeps the modern medico-industrial complex humming along.

Are they lunatics, heretics or prophets? I’d say the last, but never mind what I think; all health care consumers can and should decide this one for themselves, and the group’s new book is a fine place to begin, as they cast a critical eye on our national obsession with preventive medicine.



Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2011 6:37 AM
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