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Bernard Lown part 2: Over-medicalization in the USA
This year's winner of the BMJ Group lifetime achievement awards is Dr Bernard Lown. In his time working as a cardiologist Lown developed the direct current defibrillator, pioneered use of lidocaine as control of disturbances of the heartbeat, and was one of the founder members of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).
In the second part of his interview, Bernard Lown talks to Elizabeth Loder about over-medicalization of patients in the USA; why he thinks this has happened, and how the problem is not a new one.