Too much medicine; too little care

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Glasziou, P., Moynihan, R., Richards, T., & Godlee, F. (2013). Too much medicine: Too little care. BMJ. 2013 (347), f4247

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Extract: A growing frustration in clinical medicine is that we are now so busy managing the proliferation of risk factors, “incidentalomas,” and the worried well that we lack the time to care properly for those who are seriously ill. As the definitions of common conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease have expanded and the categories and boundaries of mental disorders have grown, our time and attention for the most worryingly ill, disturbed, and vulnerable patients has shrunk. Too much medicine is harming both the sick and well.



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