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Prescribing of quinine and drugs that induce cramp

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7035.912c (Published 06 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:912

Study did not consider several factors

  1. Hamish D Simpson
  1. General practitioner Airport Medical Services, Central, Hong Kong

    EDITOR,—Margaret A Mackie and John Davidson imply that general practitioners (particularly those in “high prescribing practices”) prescribe quinine too frequently and before considering iatrogenic causes of the symptoms for which it is being used.1 They also suggest that quinine is of equivocal efficacy.

    The authors attempt to draw conclusions about prescribing costs from the cost or number of prescriptions issued per 100 patients. They make no reference …

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