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Letters Too much medicine

How much is too much medicine?

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 20 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4863
  1. Louisa Polak, GP and PhD student
  1. Colchester CO6 4LA, UK
  1. lpolak{at}

As a GP concerned about medicalisation, I welcome Pathirana and colleagues’ account of some of the ways it might be limited.1 But the conversation around diagnosis should acknowledge that a doctor’s job is not to specify how much medicine is just right—neither too much nor too little. A growing body of evidence may indicate that …

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