My guest today is Professor Robert Aronowitz from University of Pennsylvania.
Prof Aronowitz is an American physician and medical historian based at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Making Sense of Illness,and Unnatural History: Breast Cancer and American Society. His research interests include history of 20th century disease, epidemiology, and population health.
Today,we will discuss one of his new books, called Risky Medicine, Our Quest to Cure Fear and Uncertainty.
Before we start the interview, I want to share with my audience a real story of myself. The other day I took my mum to see a doctor in the hospital, as she was feeling a little uncomfortable with her stomach. At the end of the consultation, the doctor said that there was a 1% chance that the symptom might be cancer related, and in order to eliminate that 1%chance, he suggested my Mum to do an endoscope and a CT check.
I believe that this is quite common. Thanks to modern technology now, we have lot of ways to check our bodies, such as X-ray, ultrasound, endoscope, CT scan, MRI scan, etc. These technological advancements have now been adopted in millions of hospitals all over the world, and have helped the doctors made their diagnosis more accurately, and helped to save millions of lives.
Prof Aronowitz, however, wrote a whole book to argue that these equipment and checks are not as helpful as it appears. In fact they are hurting us. And let’s hear what he has to say.
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