Dr. Bernard Lown speaks out against overtreatment
Bernard Lown believes less medical treatment can sometimes be more. Convincing you and your doctor has become a mission for the 91-year-old cardiologist.
There is a movement in medicine today to spotlight overtreatment, in some cases attributable to poorly informed doctors, fear of lawsuits, or financial motives. In a campaign called Choosing Wisely, launched in April, nine medical specialty groups published lists of tests or treatments doctors should avoid. While he was not the only early voice on the issue, 91-year-old cardiologist Dr. Bernard Lown is considered to be a grandfather to the movement.