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The medical profession oversells the benefits of drugs for chronic disease since so few patients would apparently take them if doctors divulged the truth.   References: B Hudson, A Zarifeh, L Young, J E Wells. Patients' expectations of screening and preventive treatments. Ann Fam Med. 2012 Nov-Dec;10(6):495-502. P Lytsy, R Westerling. Patient expectations on lipid-lowering drugs. Patient Educ Couns. 2007 Jul;67(1-2):143-50. P N Trewby, A V Reddy, C S Trewby, V J Ashton, G Brennan, J Inglis. Are preventive drugs preventive enough? A study of patients' expectatio n of benefit from preventive drugs. Clin Med. 2002 Nov-Dec;2(6):527-33. H Leaman, P R Jackson. What benefit do patients expect from adding second and third antihypertensive drugs? Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2002 Jan;53(1):93-9. C B Jr Esselstyn, G Gendy, J Doyle, M Golubic, M F Roizen. A way to reverse CAD? J Fam Pract. 2014 Jul;63(7):356-364b.
More people might be open to changing their diet and lifestyle if they knew how little modern medicine has to offer for combating chronic diseases.   References: T V Pereira, R I Horwitz, J P Ioannidis. Empirical evaluation of very large treatment effects of medical interventions. JAMA. 2012 Oct 24;308(16):1676-84. B Starfield. Is US health really the best in the world? JAMA. 2000 Jul 26;284(4):483-5. Y Ishida. Deficiencies in US medical care. JAMA. 2000 Nov 1;284(17):2185; author reply 2186-7. K Gilbert, C Stafford, K Crosby, E Flemming, R Gaynes. Does hand hygiene compliance among health care workers change when patients are in contact precaution rooms in ICUs? Am J Infect Control. 2010 Sep;38(7):515-7. R Nasr, SL Traboulsi, R Rami, A Ghaida, J Bakhach. Iatrogenic Penile Glans Amputation: Major Novel Reconstructive Procedure. Case Reports in Urology Volume 2013 (2013). L L Leape, D M Berwick. Five years after To Err Is