Authors gave distorted view through selective citation

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7058.686b (Published 14 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:686
  1. David Ross, Research fellow,
  2. Malcolm Whitehead, Consultant gynaecologist,
  3. John Stevenson, Director
  1. Menopause Clinic, King's College Hospital, London SE5 9RS
  2. Wynn Division of Metabolic Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, London NW8 9SQ

    EDITOR,—What women most certainly do not need is Elizabeth H Price and Helen Kaye Little's highly selective citation of the literature.1 The authors refer to an editorial by McPherson, which stated that five years' use of hormone replacement therapy is associated with a 50% increase in the risk of breast cancer.2 They express surprise that research in which McPherson participated should have found that 55% of postmenopausal female doctors choose nevertheless to take hormone replacement therapy.3 They explain this figure as …

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