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What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You, Or Can It? (Not if by doing that, th patient decides to avoid certain agravatingactivities!)


What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You, Or Can It?

In medicine, early detection is a double-edged sword. It can mean the difference between life and death, but not always the way you might think. Being diagnosed with a medical condition can worsen a person’s perception of his own well-being, and poor self-rated health has been linked to a greater risk of death. When it comes to minor conditions or “pre-disease” states, giving a patient a diagnosis could potentially do more harm than good. More… Discuss