BBC Radio 4 - Too Much Medicine? The Problem of Overtreatment
The answer, then, seems to be in 'slow medicine' - which is very much part of the 'slow movement':
Futures Forum: The Slow Movement
Futures Forum: Slow Food: "Pleasure, hedonism, enjoyment, tranquility, conviviality, richness"
And it too started in Italy:
Slow Medicine - HOME
And it's catching on:
Slow medicine is a movement calling for change in medical practice which took inspiration from the wider slow food movement. Practitioners of slow medicine have published several different definitions, but the common emphasis is on the word "slow," meaning to allow the medical practitioner to have sufficient time with the patient. Like for the slow food movement, slow medicine is a call to balance over-emphasis on fast processes which reduce quality.
Slow medicine - Wikipedia
Slow Medicine is to health care what Slow Food is to fast food — a movement to balance the existing over-emphasis on fast processes that reduce quality. Part of this work is through public education to help people make better choices. Below are some links and information connected with this new way of approaching “health care reform.” Many variations of the idea have appeared over the years.
The first published article on “slow medicine,” by Dr. Alberto Dolara, was in an Italian cardiology journal, in 2002. The abstract is linked here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11899567
Carl Honore touched on slow medicine as an alternative medicine concept in his book, In Praise of Slowness, published in 2005.
Dennis McCullough MD introduced slow medicine as a geriatric medicine concept in his book, My Mother, Your Mother, published in 2008. He has since been making appearances via talks and video, on its applicability to geriatrics and gerontology. In 2010, J. Ladd Bauer MD cohosted the radio program Slow Medicine with Dr. McCullough calling in, on KWMR FM radio.
The lead editorial “Slow Medicine” in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, author J. Ladd Bauer MD, published in 2008 (the first Medline article in English about this subject) presents a very broad outline for the concept's development:
Slow Medicine - Slow Medicine History