Snowball in a blizzard : the tricky problem of uncertainty in medicine / Steven Hatch.
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: London : Atlantic Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9781782399896 (pbk.) :
Originally published: New York: Basic Books, 2016.
There's a running joke among radiologists: finding a possible tumour in a mammogram, they say, is akin to finding a snowball in a blizzard. The result? Up to 30% of breast cancer surgeries are done on those who have no cancer at all. In this landmark book, medical professor Steven Hatch reveals that although modern medicine has reached new levels of scientific prowess, we know far less than we think we do. Indeed, CAT scans, MRIs, mammograms, and blood tests provide a wall of data where false positives are rife. Thus, to be a good doctor, surgeon, or psychiatrist, it is just as important to know what one doesn't know, as what one does.
xv, 293 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
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