Shannon Brownlee

Shannon Brownlee is senior vice president of the Lown Institute and author of Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer. These stories have been supported by the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous and compelling reporting about responses to social problems, at Thanks also to the Commonwealth Fund for its support.

First We Take Manhattan

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s public health G-men got smoking out of restaurants, trans fats out of foods, and calorie counts onto menus. The rest of the country soon followed.

Hospital Error

HOSPITAL ERROR….Two large studies, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that cutting the grueling work hours of doctors-in-training had little effect on reducing hospital errors and patient deaths. Surprised? So were the researchers who did the studies. There are three possible explanations. One, most errors aren’t caused by groggy, sleep-deprived,… Read more »


OVERTREATED….Wow! Who knew that a simple idea like putting doctors on salary (in organized, group practices like the Mayo Clinic and Kaiser) would provoke so much discussion? Thanks for all the comments. Today, I’m going to pick up the thread from yesterday’s wild ride and focus on the link between costs and unnecessary care, which… Read more »