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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7200.1771a (Published 26 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1771
  1. Christopher Martyn (cmartyn@bmj.com)
    • The man or woman on the Clapham omnibus feels instinctively that screening must be agood thing. Many clinicians think the same—especially when it concerns diseases that they happen to have a special interest in.Read Screening (C Reckham, British Medical Bulletin, £34.95, ISBN 1 85315 345 1) for the intellectual equivalent of a cold shower.Did you know, for example, that, over a lifetime, a woman is more likely to receive a cervical smear result that incorrectly identifies her as having a condition that might develop into …

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