Bmj Usa: Letter


BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E240
  1. Tom P Marshall, lecturer in public health (
  1. Brimingham niversity, Birmingham, UK.
  2. Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, London, UK.

    Following are edited excerpts from Rapid Responses generated by this article, which can be read in their entirety at—Editor

    From BMJ USA 2003;July:395

    Editor—I have often have heard primary care physicians and nurses claim that “in their experience” patients' cholesterol levels fall significantly after they have received dietary advice. This is unlikely. With the benefit of a control group, it is apparent that even intensive dietary advice has a small effect on cholesterol levels. The mistake arises because we fail to appreciate just …

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