BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7022.66 (Published 06 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:66

Almost half of all patients with AIDS get some sort of malignant tumour, and the AIDS Malignancy Bank has been set up to provide clinicians with data and pathological samples (Science 1995;270:1571-2). Each tumour sample will be accompanied by “a high quality clinical pedigree that will give information on the treatment most likely to be effective and the probable outcome.” Information about the bank can be accessed on the World Wide Web at http://wwwicic.nci.nih.gov/amb/amb.html.

Necropsies are being done less and less commonly on patients dying in hospital, and one reason may be fear of litigation. The “Scottish Medical Journal” (1995;40:131) suggests that in a case of diagnostic uncertainty some practitioners may face an uncomfortable choice between gaining medical knowledge from a necropsy on the one hand and protecting themselves from litigation arising from unexpected findings on the other. The lawyers may be to blame for the resurrection of the practice of doctors quietly burying their mistakes.

Many parents, especially in the United States, believe that a high sugar content in the diet of children may increase the risk of hyperactivity. Now …

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