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GPs should not be deterred from prescribing quinine

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 06 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:912
  1. H A Dew Ar
  1. Retired physician Wylam Hall, Wylam, Northumberland NE41 8AS

    EDITOR,—In their paper on the prescribing of quinine and drugs that induce cramp the authors seem to be trying to convey three messages, all in my opinion fallacious.1 One is that quinine is of doubtful efficacy in nocturnal cramps. Since Man-Son-Hing and Wells found a positive result for the drug in all of the six perfectly designed clinical trials that they analysed in their meta-analysis,2 I wonder what grounds the authors have for maintaining that …

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