Letters: summary of responses

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 04 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:18

Two errors occurred in Birte Twisselmann's summary of rapid responses (12 October, p 838) in relation to Drake et al's lesson of the week (BMJ 2002;324:1081-3). She said that Minna Kalla stated that instead of high doses of steroids, long acting β agonists or leukotriene receptor antagonists should have been given as second line treatment. In fact, Kalla (who comes from Tampere, which is of course in Finland, not Sweden as we stated) was trying to raise the following question: “Why hasn't the usual strategy (in, for example, treatment of rheumatoid arthritis) of combating the effects of steroids by less frequent dosing (that is, every other day) ever been studied in patients with asthma?” (See


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