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Letters Tackling overmedicalisation

Tackling overmedicalisation: give people the opportunity to learn about self-care

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: (Published 21 June 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1379
  1. Muir Gray, programme director
  2. Oxford, UK
  1. muir.gray{at}

The BMJ Commission on the Future of the NHS should make overmedicalisation a major theme for the reasons outlined in Mathew’s brief masterpiece.12 Obviously we do not want a return to the era in which people were refused tests and treatments because of their age, but, apart from geriatric medicine, the medical profession, with the best of intentions, has created an iatrogenic epidemic. …

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