Medical Debates and Medical Reversal

  title={Medical Debates and Medical Reversal},
  author={Adam S. Cifu and MPH Vinay K. Prasad},
  journal={Journal of General Internal Medicine},
M edical reversal occurs when an accepted practice—a diagnostic test, medication, or procedure—is overturned. The practice is not replaced by something better, but shown to be inferior to a preexisting, less intensive, or less invasive one. Sometimes the practice that is overturned is shown to be inferior to no intervention. Every physician is aware of emblematic cases of reversal, such as the use of hormone therapy in post-menopausal women. Medical reversal is common; well over 100 studies… CONTINUE READING
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