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Educated Guesses: Making Policy about Medical Screening Tests

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6955.679 (Published 10 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:679
  1. K Kelikowske

    Louise B Russell University of California Press, pp 128 ISBN 0-520-08366-0

    Educated Guesses tells us that “can't hurt and might help” are not appropriate reasons for recommending a screening test and then provides a framework for policymakers and practitioners to enable them to understand the complex issues and trade offs entailed in recommending medical screening tests.

    Louise Russell discusses screening for three medical conditions - cervical cancer, prostatic cancer, and high serum cholestrol concentration. In selecting these conditions, Russell reminds …

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