How Medical Activism Has Inflated the Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer and Depression
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“Early detection” has become a cardinal principle of medical treatment in our time. But how effective is it in controlling two conditions that have reached near-epidemic proportions in the United States—prostate cancer and depression?
In this trenchant appraisal of what he calls medical activism, Stewart Justman describes how the quest for early detection has led to mass screenings, which in turn have revealed an incidence of disease that is beyond common sense and cautious medical practice. The entire process has led to patients who have been not helped but damaged.
Stewart Justman’s books include "Seeds of Mortality," a reflection on cancer and culture that received the PEN Award for the Art of the Essay; "Fool’s Paradise," an exploration of self-help literature that won the Popular Culture Association award for best book of the year; and "Do No Harm," a study of a treatment initiative that was halted by prudent medical practice. Mr. Justman is the only lay member of the Five-Alpha Reductase Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology/American Urological Association. He directs the Liberal Studies Program at the University of Montana and is married, with two children.
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