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New Reseach on the Value of Mammograms

February 13, 2014

A long term study cast new doubts on the value of annual mammograms. According to the research, annual screening leads to increased diagnosis, but does not reduce the number of cancer deaths…

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Cardiologist’s Teaching Lives On

February 6, 2014

Around the world and here at BWH, Bernard Lown, MD, is thought of as a renowned cardiologist. From pioneering development of the direct current defibrillator in 1960, to co-founding an international organization focused on preventing nuclear war that earned him and his partner a Nobel Peace Prize in 1985…

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Can Hospitals Avoid Waste and Prevent Overtreatment?

January 7, 2014
By: Susan Brink

U.S. News talks to Nobel Prize winner Dr. Bernard Lown about simplifying medical management. Bernard Lown is a cardiologist, a peace activist and a medical maverick who has earned the respect of his peers for research and innovations in cardiovascular care, despite often being a thorn in their sides. In 1981, he and Russian cardiologist…

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Bernard Lown’s legacy: From avoidable care to right care

December 14, 2013

Last week, the second conference on avoidable care was convened by the Lown Institute in Boston, MA, USA. Whereas its first conference held in April, 2012, focused specifically on overtreatment, the emphasis this time was on understanding the drivers and consequences of overuse, underuse…

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Edward Davies: Keep religion in the consulting room

December 5, 2013
By: Edward Davies

Faith and healthcare do not comfortable bedfellows make. The majority of coverage of their convergence is around the tensions and conflict they can cause. Here in the US, the battleground of contraception coverage…

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Overtreatment, over here

October 3, 2012
By: Fiona Godlee

How much of what we offer to patients is unnecessary? Worse still, how much harm do we do to individuals and society through overtreatment? In the 30 years since Ivan Illich wrote his seminal…

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Dr. Bernard Lown speaks out against overtreatment

July 29, 2012
By: Chelsea Conaboy

Cardiologist Dr. Bernard Lown had trouble sleeping. It was the early 1970s, and he and colleagues were trying to prove an idea that had guided their practice: Blockages in the arteries to the heart often were not the ticking bombs people perceived them to be. They could be treated effectively…

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Can More Be Done With Less?

June 22, 2012
By: Alicia Ault

It’s a central tenet of being a physician: Do all you can to help the patient. But so is “first, do no harm,” and often, the harm comes from doing too much, too often. That’s the message from a growing number of physicians and organizations pushing for a sea change in how medicine is delivered…

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