When Tests Arenít Necessary
Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA
`If your doctor wants you to have tests done ask him how the results will affect your treatment. If the results of the tests wonít affect the treatment you receive (and arenít needed as a baseline against which to compare future tests) then the tests arenít worth having.
Tests and investigations are often regarded (by both doctors and patients) as being harmless. They arenít. There is no such thing as minor surgery (Colemanís 11th Law Of Medicine) and even taking blood is an operation. There are dangers inherent in every test that is performed. And there is, in addition, the danger that the result will be wrong and that your doctors will treat the test rather than treating you.í
Taken from Colemanís 2nd Law Ė one of the medical Laws explained in Vernon Colemanís book Colemanís Laws. The Laws are designed to help you get the best out of doctors and hospitals.
Copyright Vernon Coleman May 2019