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Evidence is available for selected patients in selected units

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 29 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1135
  1. J H N Wolfe
  1. Consultant vascular surgeon Regional Vascular Unit, St Mary's Hospital, London W2 1NY

    EDITOR,—The art of debate is to develop a persuasive argument however inadequate the data. Mark Lambert is to be congratulated on his adroit confusion of different problems (a time honoured politician's ploy).1 The problems of poor selection, poor investigation, and poor surgery are not to be confused with an ineffective operation.

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