Overdiagnosed

  • by H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa M. Schwartz, Steven Woloshin
  • Narrated by Sean Runnette
  • 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Going against the conventional wisdom reinforced by the medical establishment and Big Pharma that more screening is the best preventative medicine, Dr. Gilbert Welch builds a compelling counterargument that what we need are fewer, not more, diagnoses. Documenting the excesses of American medical practice that labels far too many of us as sick, Welch examines the social, ethical, and economic ramifications of a health-care system that unnecessarily diagnoses and treats patients, most of whom will not benefit from treatment, might be harmed by it, and would arguably be better off without screening.
Drawing on 25 years of medical practice and research, Dr. H. Gilbert Welch and his colleagues, Dr. Lisa M. Schwartz and Dr. Steven Woloshin, have studied the effects of screenings and presumed preventative measures for disease and pre-disease. Examining the social, medical, and economic ramifications of a health care system that unnecessarily diagnoses and treats patients, Welch makes a reasoned call for change that would save us from countless unneeded surgeries, debilitating anxiety, and exorbitant costs.

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What the Critics Say

"This accessible and important book will help the reader understand the limitations of modern medicine and the perils inherent in an overzealous pursuit of a disease-free existence at any cost. It is also especially timely in raising one of the many issues surrounding the health-care debate." (Dennis Rosen, The Boston Globe)
"One of the big strengths of this relatively small book is that if you are inclined to ponder medicine's larger questions, you get to tour them all. What is health, really? In the finite endeavor that is life, when is it permissible to stop preventing things? And if the big questions just make you itchy, you can concentrate on the numbers instead: The authors explain most of the important statistical concepts behind evidence-based medicine in about as friendly a way as you are likely to find. (Abigail Zuger, M.D., The New York Times)

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A Must Read for All!

Where does Overdiagnosed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is one of the best nonfiction titles ever from Audible. It answers many questions I've had about why so many people seem to be sick, why health care costs have escalated beyond belief, and why so many people are frightened by their own bodies and subjected to endless psychological and physical invasions by the medical establishment..


What was one of the most memorable moments of Overdiagnosed?

So many memorable moments and the feeling of enlightenment was so strong I listened to the book twice, and have recommended it to everyone I know. I feel we all owe it to ourselves, friends, and family to incorporate this information into our knowledge base to better deal with our world today.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Couldn't possibly listen to it in one sitting, but it merits going back to again and again.


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- J. D. Portnoy

I am a victim

I have argued with my doctor for years. He thinks I should take cholesterol medications. I told him I don't want the side effects. He gave me a glucose monitor, I don't use it. His medical assistant thought I should be on Metformin for my "pre-diabetes." I said no. I'm not just stubborn. I saw the damage to my mother's quality of life caused by prescription drugs. I have several friends whose lives revolve around getting the right balance to the many drugs they take. I have worked seven years in a medical oncology clinic. (We give chemo.)

This book brought out points that I had not considered, but make perfect sense. I think everyone should read it, but it won't change anything. Too many people are eager to sue.
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- Teresa Gregory

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-11-2012
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books