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dknock“Non-diseases” invade medicine


ANALYSIS - The "non-sick" overload the agendas of doctors who can no longer devote themselves to those who need the most assistance.

We knew the imaginary patients, as well as the Dr Knocks for whom all in good health only ignored their illness.

But a new species of patient has appeared over the progress of medical diagnosis, writes Luc Perino: the "non-sick", who feels perfectly well but in whom medicine has detected a deviation from the biological norm, a risk factor , a genetic predisposition, which will then have to be taken care of when no one is able to say whether the anomaly will become a disease.

“A drift towards unjustified and sometimes deleterious care”

, regrets the doctor, teacher at the Lyon medical school and popularizer


For a long time, explains the author, medicine only faced two types of patients: those whose experience corresponds to the disease diagnosed by the doctor;

others suffering from

"non-objectifiable diseases"

, expressing a complaint for which the doctor cannot find a clinical sign (whether he is convinced that the patient is indeed ill with a…

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Source: lefigaro

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