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It’s legal to order blood tests without consulting a doctor in about two dozen states. But should you?

Theranos and some other medical labs say yes, while critics argue that’s a recipe for disaster.

Here’s Theranos’ founder, Elizabeth Holmes, at TEDMED in 2014, lacing her stemwinder of a presentation with the ideals of patient self-empowerment.

“My own life’s work in building Theranos is to redefine the paradigm of diagnosis away from one in which people have to present with a symptom in order to get access to information about their bodies,” she said, “to one in which every person, no matter how much money they have or where they live, has access to actionable health information at the time it matters.”

She also pitched the crowd an absurdity:

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