Another in a series of articles questioning the widespread use of tests, and consequent risks to healthy individuals they may pose, this time with colonoscopies. Some interesting numbers on risks and overall mortality rates, that tend to debunk recent studies cited in the media.
He also quotes the article by Gilbert Welch (Overdiagnosis as a Flaw in Health Care – NYTimes.com) approvingly (I also liked it), ending with:
Now that’s a healer who adheres to the ancient precept: First, do no harm. The next time a doctor urges me to get unnecessary tests, I’m going to email him Welch’s essay.
And a contrary view from White Coat Underground, Your doctor is there for you, even when you aren’t sick (although I am more in the less is more school of screening, his points on some long-term chronic diseases like diabetes strike me as valid).