I’m a doctor (duh). I do annual physicals sometimes (duh, again). But I recently was put in the position of debating another doctor – on live radio – about whether or not the annual physical is doing anybody any good.
Of course, physicals help people to, well, stay healthy. Right? Not so fast! This isn’t as simple a question as it may seem.
Do people really need an annual physical?
The big debate occurred about a couple weeks ago when I was asked to be on Southern California Public Radio, KPCC 89.3 FM out of Los Angeles. I was on the long-running show AirTalk®, hosted by Larry Mantle. It was set up as a “pro vs. con” debate between me and a physician-researcher from Harvard, Dr. Ateev Mehrotra. Dr. Mehrotra has done a great bit of research on just such topics.
I invite you to listen to the audio segment from SoCal Public Radio. It’s about 18 minutes long, and you can access it from their website, KPCC.ORG, under the AirTalk® section. It ran on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 so go to that date in the archives and scroll to the bottom. Continue reading “Do you need an annual physical?”