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BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6977.469 (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:469
  1. John Harvey,
  2. Robin Prescott
  1. Consultant physician Lung Function Unit, Southmead Hospital, Bristol BS10 5NB
  2. Senior lecturer in medical statistics Department of Public Health Sciences, Edinburgh University Medical School, Edinburgh EH8 9AG

    EDITOR,—When the British Thoracic Society's research committee began the study in 1985 some doctors declined to take part because they thought that all pneumothoraces should be treated by simple aspiration. An equal number declined to take part because they thought that all pneumothoraces required intercostal tube drainage. It was because of these uncertainties that a well designed, randomly selected study was undertaken. Rather than “reinventing the wheel,”1 we were testing which of the two commonly used wheels was the right one to use.

    Since our aim was to test …

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