Smear tests: déjà vu

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7311.517 (Published 01 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:517
  1. John Nottingham, consultant histopathologist (jfnottingham@doctors.org.uk)
  1. Northampton General Hospital, Northampton NN1 5BD

    EDITOR—I refer to Goodman's review on cancer screening and misunderstanding by the media.1 In an editorial on the rising risk of litigation in Pap smear interpretation, DeMay gives the following analogy: You are a firefighter. You arrive at a burning house and hear screaming. There are 10 people inside. You run …

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