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[Perspectives] Finding the sweet spot in medicine

Earlier this year, the disputatious Dallas billionaire Mark Cuban stirred controversy when he called for universal quarterly blood testing “for everything available…so you have a baseline of your own personal health”. Around the same time, the US state of Arizona passed a law allowing consumers to obtain any laboratory test directly from licensed laboratories—without a physician’s order. Theranos, a California company pioneering cheap, complete blood analysis with just a fingerstick, has advocated for such laws.