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Image Dr. H. Gilbert Welch joined host Ira Flatow on NPR’s Science Friday program. They discussed the issue of over-treatment of many diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, which is the subject of Dr. Welch’s new book, Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick In Pursuit of Health. Dr. Welch is a professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and director of the Center for Medicine and the Media at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
Listen to or read a transcript the program, which aired on 02/11/11.
This is reflecting a very real change in the patterns of disease that are being seen by acute care hospitals around the country.