Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Former JAMA Editor Dr. George Lundberg's List Of What Is Wrong In Medicine Today

Here's a list of some problems with modern medicine by Dr. George Lundberg. There are some real gems here:

22 Things Amiss In Medicine Today (Part 1)
22 Things Amiss In Medicine Today (Part 2)

Dr. Lundberg was previously editor of JAMA for 17 years, for the last 10+ years editor of Medscape. (You may remember Lundberg. He was famously fired from JAMA during the President Clinton/Monica Lewinsky years for allowing a study to be published that reported 60% of college students considered "oral sex" as not "having sex.")

In his own words:
Part 1:

Part 2:

I liked this one, his number 11:
"Absence of a test that will distinguish well from sick. The lack of a test leads to the erroneous assumption of sickness as the rule of thumb for almost all patients."
And then, once sick, a patient becomes a consumer of costly (but highly profitable) drugs, surgery, invasive tests, and other therapies. This test, the one that doesn't exist, is exactly what we need to contain healthcare costs. We shouldn't be lowering the age for Medicare and finding other ways to deny citizens coverage. We should be containing costs. But the medical establishment lobbies powerfully.

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