Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7037.1037b (Published 20 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1037

Scientists who inflame public anxieties must share responsibility for resulting panic

  1. Michael Fitzpatrick
  1. General practitioner Barton House Health Centre, London N16 9JT

    EDITOR,—Recent editorials on the danger of bovine spongiform encephalopathy causing Creuzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans confirm that academic scientists are as much in the grip of the irrationality of the mad cow panic as is the public.1 2 Paul Brown recalls his judgment of last November that the available evidence suggested “a negligible risk to humans,”3 only to confess that “it now appears that I was wrong.”1 However, he adduces no new evidence to justify …

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