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Precise measurement and poetry

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7147.0 (Published 13 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:0

To practise the best medicine you need to measure precisely what you are doing but also have a sense of poetry. In this issue the precise measurements come from tertiary care and the poetry from primary care.

Where is it best to look after patients with cystic fibrosis? Conventional wisdom (or could that be current fashion?) suggests a you show that such centres provide better care? You can't randomise people to receive or not receive the care. Teams from Manchester and Cambridge have cleverly attempted an answer by …

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