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Rita Redberg: an unwavering campaigner against the harms of too much medicine

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4390 (Published 09 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4390
  1. Jeanne Lenzer, associate editor
  1. The BMJ
  1. jlenzer{at}bmj.com

How did JAMA Internal Medicine’s editor become driven by the importance of evidence in healthcare? Jeanne Lenzer found out

“We have been told for decades now that detecting cardiac disease early is better than waiting for symptoms to appear, which on the surface sounds reasonable. However, years of experience belies this supposed axiom, and in fact some screenings, in the guise of ‘early detection,’ can be downright dangerous,” the US cardiologist Rita Redberg wrote last month in the Wall Street Journal, in just one recent example of her attempts to educate the public on the importance of evidence to inform healthcare and the perils of too much medicine.1

Professor of clinical medicine at the University of California in San Francisco, Redberg became editor of JAMA Internal Medicine (then called Archives of Internal Medicine) in 2009.

Soon after, Redberg and another editor, Deborah Grady, discussed a vision of reducing unnecessary testing and procedures, launching the series “Less is More” followed by “Teachable Moments” in 2014, a series on …

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