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Jeff Wheelwright
Freelance
Jeff Wheelwright is a science writer whose work has appeared in Discover, Smithsonian, and The Atlantic.com. His latest book is The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess (2012). He lives in California.

Written by Jeff Wheelwright

Essay/
Public health
Risky medicine

Misunderstanding risk factors has led to massive overtreatment of diseases people don’t have and probably never will

Jeff Wheelwright