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Rethinking the annual-checkup idea
San Francisco Chronicle

I always like it when scientific studies confirm an unscientific idea that’s been rattling around in my brain for a while. A large survey run out of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine suggests that annual checkups may not be necessary – may even be counterproductive – for healthy adults. Everybody has anomalies. None of us is the textbook ideal of the human body. An annual ritual devoted to detecting oddities will almost always yield oddities – such is the nature of investigation.