Doctors are less likely than patients to have stopped eating beef

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7050.171b (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:171
  1. Helen Cohen
  1. House officer in general medicine Llandough Hospital, Penarth, Cardiff CF64 2XX

    EDITOR,—There has been saturation coverage in the media and several articles in medical journals about the possible relation between bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and consumption of British beef.1 2 3 4 The speculation and hype surrounding this latest food scare have resulted in confusion about the true risks of eating beef. I conducted a study of 43 doctors and 44 patients to determine whether their beef eating habits differed during this crisis and what …

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