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Clinicians should be proactive in testing for asthma

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7178.258 (Published 23 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:258
  1. A J Wardlaw, Senior lecturer,
  2. I D Pavord, Consultant physician
  1. Department of Respiratory Medicine, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester LE3 9QP

    —Britton and Lewis adopt a nihilistic position in saying that tests for asthma are of little value and that diagnosis should be based on clinical criteria.1 The symptoms of asthma are non-specific, which is why so many of the patients that we …

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