Learning about cancer from France and rationing from New Zealand

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 11 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:0

Good communication among countries helps us learn from each other. So, ironically, does poor communication. Thus Britain has for a decade debated whether nuclear installations cause leukaemia. In contrast, France, which is heavily dependent on nuclear power, has had little media attention on the problem. This meant that Dominique Pobel and Jean-Francois Viel could conduct a case-control study of leukaemia among young people near a reprocessing plant in Normandy without having to worry that participants knew the hypotheses being tested (p 101). Consequently, they have contributed greatly to the …

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