R.I.P. Dr. Lisa Schwartz

Critic of Medical Excess Is Dead at 55:

Merlin 147770952 b70924ad f148 4fcf a7e9 8181c78abd73 superJumbo’Dr. Lisa Schwartz, who with her husband devoted her life to warning patients about the dangers of unnecessary medical tests and treatment and excessive diagnoses, died on Nov. 29 in Lebanon, N.H. She was 55.

Her husband, Dr. Steven Woloshin, said the cause was cancer.

Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Woloshin were the directors of the Center for Medicine and Media at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, part of Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine. There they trained hundreds of journalists to become more skeptical about claimed scientific breakthroughs and miracle cures, and to better communicate the benefits and risks of medical tests and treatments.…’

Via New York Times