Letters Proposed dementia screening

Proposed model of early dementia screening cannot be valid

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f505 (Published 30 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f505
  1. John J Turner, physician in acute medicine and geriatric medicine1
  1. 1University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool L9 7AL, UK
  1. jjturner2{at}btinternet.com

Dementia is a threat to public health in the developed world, and pressure for screening has intensified.1 Early diagnosis is of benefit for many cancers and ischaemic heart disease, but not yet for dementia. Big Pharma, allied to patient pressure groups, have a part to play, but their overpromotion …

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