Two stories about testing

A bit of synchronicity strikes, as I come across two different pieces from quite different sources on the question of “even if we have a test that provides probabilities of future health states, do we really want to know?”

The first is journalistic. National Public Radio’s program Talk of the Nation did a segment on a new blood test that can diagnose early stages of Alzheimer’s diease.

The second is literary, as the science fiction podcast Escape Pod presented the story Results by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, originally written in 2000.

Very different formats, very similar ideas about patient-focused decision making. Each is well worth a listen.

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