n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Over diagnosing? Time for the 'exercise is medicine' movement to react : editorial

Volume 27, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



Clinical medicine has been over diagnosing for several years; sport and exercise medicine needs to guard against falling into the same trap. This was the message portrayed in a podcast in which Dr Karim Khan, editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, interviewed Ray Moynihan, one of the authors of the bestselling book Selling Sickness : How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies are Turning Us All Into Patients. The concept of 'selling sickness' is becoming a major public health problem, with many patients being treated for diseases or injuries that do not require treatment. Often the treatment has more undesirable effects than no treatment at all. The driving force for over diagnosing can have different origins.

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