Best health care article ever.
February 25, 2017 Leave a comment
Seriously. As long-time readers of this blog know, I find the science, and social science, of human medicine absolutely fascinating. I’ve been reading articles and books on the subject my entire adult life. David Epstein’s recent tour de force in Pro Publica is simply amazing. Ostensibly focused on the fact that so many doctors don’t actually follow evidence-based guidelines in treatment, it addresses cognitive biases in doctors, patients, the politics of health care, the influence of big Pharma, society’s dramatic mis-understanding of how much health is about lifestyle and public health, the awesomeness of NNT (number needed to treat), and more. Your mileage may vary, but for me, it’s as if somebody said “write an article on all the stuff in health care and medicine that Steve Greene finds fascinating.”
It’s the weekend. You’ve got time. Just read it.