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Shannon Brownlee: Further reading for "The Overtreated American"
For a comprehensive look at the failings of the U.S. health care system, and suggested reforms, see: Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century (2001) Institute of Medicine (IOM site) (article)

"The Efficacy of Medicare" Working paper, National Bureau of Economic Research, by Jonathan Skinner, Elliott S. Fisher, and John E. Wennberg, Dartmouth College

"Geography and the Debate over Medicare Reform," by John E. Wennberg, Elliott S. Fisher, and Jonathan S. Skinner. Health Affairs (Web exclusive) February 13, 2002.

For an overview of Wennberg"s research, and a look at geographic variations in medical spending and outcomes, go to the Dartmouth Atlas, at

For more on overtreatment of cancer, see "Beyond Mammography, A New Argument About Breast Cancer," by Shannon Brownlee, The New Republic, April 22, 2002.

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