Why Too Much Medical Treatment is Causing More Harm Than Good

Big Ideas | 6 July 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts
Interview with Ian Harris about his book Hippocrasy: How doctors are betraying their oath, co-authored with Rachelle Buchbinder. Argues that much of medicine does not improve health, with too many drugs prescribed, too much surgery performed, and too many unhelpful tests, scans, and overdiagnosis. Suggests returning to the first principles of the Hippocratic oath and ‘first, do no harm’.

I recommend reading Arnold Kling’s response to this episode, which explains that because we pay for health care collectively, as individuals we far over-consume medical services.

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Ian Harris – Most Surgeries Are Ineffective

Bold Conjectures | 20 January 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ian Harris about his book Surgery, The Ultimate Placebo: A Surgeon Cuts Through the Evidence. Discusses the scientific method, how little surgery is demonstrated to have benefits beyond doing nothing, the need for randomised trials to assess which surgeries work, surgery as the ultimate placebo, and more.

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