Questioning the wisdom of executive physicals

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This doesn’t happen very often: a Minnesota researcher and a Minnesota journalist questioning the wisdom of the kinds of “executive physicals” performed so often at the Mayo Clinic.

“Unnecessary testing may cause more harm than good, owing to false positive findings, unwarranted follow-up visits and costs, needless worry, and harmful side effects of the tests themselves,” wrote Dr. Brian Rank of HealthPartners about the practice.

Mother Mayo doesn’t like to be questioned in this way – especially within its own home state.

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