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Seeking Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease

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Why wouldn't you want to be screened to see if you're at risk for cancer, heart disease, or another potentially lethal condition? After all, better safe than sorry. Right?

Not so fast, says Alan Cassels. His Seeking Sickness takes us inside the world of medical screening, where well-meaning practitioners and a profit-motivated industry offer to save our lives by exploiting
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 27th 2012 by Greystone Books
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Laura
Jun 15, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
This is a very interesting book. The author explores how screening healthy people for diseases as opposed to using screening as a diagnostic tool when there are symptoms present, can actually make you sicker. He contends that there are many false positive results and the resulting anxiety and subsequent tests a person undergoes if they don't take a wait and see attitude can be quite detrimental to people.
He also points out that screening tests that have been used for decades may not need to be
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Jun 07, 2014 Argum rated it really liked it
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While overall well presented information about screening guidelines and role it should play, the agenda is a bit heavy handed. THis is especially in play in the colon cancer chapter where a non standard unusual Virtual Colonoscopy is used in placed of the more usual screening tests. It reeks of agenda while never actually crossing the line because it is acknowledged as unusual. The author though is fear mongering as much as the drug companies he slams for inventing diseases in other chapters.
Debs
Jun 03, 2012 Debs rated it liked it
This was a quick, easy, accessible read with clear writing, thanks in part to the way it was organized with each major diagnostic test getting its own chapter. It had more of an essay/thesis feel than a book feel, to me. I also found it a bit topographical in that it covered a lot but didn't go into a huge amount of detail on each topic. Medical screening is one of those things that most people don't think twice about. The main message, instead of being "Medical screening is a useless waste of t ...more
Virginia
Jun 12, 2013 Virginia rated it really liked it
Editing colleague Catherine Plear helped Greystone Books bring this topic to life. A compelling argument for fewer screening tests. We all need to pay attention to the business side of health care. Even in Canada, doctors and labs derive their income from recommending tests. And we all pay for it, physically and financially. This is a balanced argument that recognizes we all need good diagnostic screening if there's something wrong. But if we're healthy and not showing symptoms of disease, there ...more
Patricia
Jun 07, 2012 Patricia rated it it was amazing
This book will be for some a revelation but if you have ever been involved in diagnostic testing in particular routine screening then there are few shocks here. The value in this book lies in the analysis of many routine screening tests that many patients and doctors rely on. He covers many, PSA, PAP, cholesterol and gives the empiric evidence for each.

Cassels also provides the reader with sound advice on what questions we should pose when a routine test is suggested by the doctor.

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Featured on Skeptically Speaking show #173 on July 15, 2012, during an interview with author Alan Cassels. http://skepticallyspeaking.ca/episode...
Karla
Feb 11, 2013 Karla rated it really liked it
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An interesting read about medical screening - how the providers overstate the benefits, understate the risks and make a lot of money doing so.
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“Don’t screen unless you can do something for those patients discovered early that would produce an overall benefit to their lives. Otherwise, cease and desist.” 0 likes
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