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Misdiagnosing the live and the dead

“One in six patients ‘wrongly diagnosed by NHS doctors’,” shouts the Daily Mail (via EvidenceMatters. This should not surprise us: Autopsies have been finding a similar percentage of misdiagnosis among the dead for decades. Doctors will always miss some diagnoses. Progress is a matter of ever narrowing the list of things doctors miss — so…

photo: Philip Todeldano for the New York Times Part of any real healthcare reform will be improving practices in hospitals, and — as Obama’s proposed commission on comparative effectiveness would do — identifying what works and what doesn’t. Knowing what works and why people get better or not is vital to good medicine. But amid…

“How We Decide” author Jonah Lehrer, fresh from a book tour of the UK, offers what he calls a “spluttering answer” (it’s really quite lucid) to a question he says he’s getting a lot these days: What decision-making errors were involved in our current financial meltdown?? The short version of his answer — well worth…