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Some doctors dispute benefits of early diagnosis
Los Angeles Times

In a new book, “Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health,” Dartmouth researchers and physicians H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin argue that the medical establishment’s embrace of early diagnosis and treatment as the key to keeping people healthy actually does the opposite. When doctors order screenings or tests for people who have no symptoms, then diagnose them with illnesses, that’s often overdiagnosis, these authors maintain.