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BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 08 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:0

Plenty in this week's journal for accident and emergency departments and those who refer people there. Patients with suspected myocardial infarction make up a sizeable proportion of emergency admissions, yet fewer than half will have high risk coronary heart disease. Could these “Chest pain”—please admit's be safely referred to a rapid assessment chest pain service instead? Cohort studies have been promising; now what is needed is a randomised controlled trial say Simon Capewell and John McMurray in their editorial(p 951).

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