A lot of what The Atlantic publishes is ideological twaddle. But, this piece from 2017, is a real keeper. It is one of the few stories about overdiagnosis and overtreatment that will resonate with readers.
Don’t kid yourself…the healthcare industry is not your friend. It is chock full of conflicts of interest and people telling half truths for the sake of making a sale. If you are lucky, your spidey sense will tingle before you agree to things, such as the unwarranted angiogram and stent in this story, that you cannot undo. When it comes to the healthcare industry, be afraid, be very afraid.
Even if a drug you take was studied in thousands of people and shown truly to save lives, chances are it won’t do that for you. The good news is, it probably won’t harm you, either. Some of the most widely prescribed medications do little of anything meaningful, good or bad, for most people who take them.
The Atlantic: When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/02/when-evidence-says-no-but-doctors-say-yes/517368/h