I loved the recent blog post about Dr. Zeke Emanuel's advice that people should skip their annual physicals “Here's one Emanuel reader who won't skip his annual physical,” Vital Signs. This latest recommendation from Emanuel really could cost people their lives.
His Atlantic piece about why we should all die at 75 was bad enough. No one makes much of a contribution after the age of 40 or so? Tell that to Pablo Picasso, Mother Teresa, Ella Jenkins, Georgia O'Keeffe, Grace Hopper (who was still consulting on information technology when she died at 85) and dozens of others who were and are actively contributing well into their 80s and beyond. But to tell people to skip an annual checkup is dangerous. Many symptoms of serious disease are subtle and can be missed by patients. Good for you for contesting it.