Letters

Efficacy is proved

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6987.1136b (Published 29 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1136
  1. M I Aldoori,
  2. J D Beard
  1. Consultant surgeon Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Huddersfield HD3 3EA
  2. Consultant surgeon Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF

    EDITOR,—We are surprised by the negative attitude of Mark Lambert, who suggests that more than 5000 symptomatic patients with stenosis of >70% each year should be denied the benefit of carotid surgery.1 The efficacy of carotid surgery in symptomatic patients with stenosis of >70% has been proved in both European and Northern American trials.2 3 In addition to giving an inadequate and selective review of the literature, Lambert fails to realise the possible difference in the prevalence of the disease between different communities. For example, he mentions that 40% of patients with a …

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