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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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Mass. has too many hospitals for its own good

June 15, 2012
By: Shannon Brownlee

Take a walk down practically any major thoroughfare in the city of Boston, and you’ll be hard pressed to go more than a few blocks without running into a hospital. The cities of Cambridge and Boston have nine hospitals…

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Preventing overdiagnosis

May 30, 2012
By: Fiona Godlee

Last week’s BMJ Group Improving Health Awards gathered an inspiring cast of finalists and produced 12 worthy winners. Among them was Bernard Lown, who won our Lifetime Achievement award…

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The ills of money-driven medicine

May 17, 2012
By: Philip Caper

A couple of weeks ago, nine medical specialty societies released a list of 45 medical tests and procedures they believed are significantly overused. On the heels of this announcement was a conference on “Avoiding Avoidable Care” attended by…

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