Authors' reply

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7060.818 (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:818
  1. Peter Danielian, Senior registrar,
  2. Marion Hall, Consultant
  1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, Aberdeen AB9 2ZA

    EDITOR,—We think that Jonathan West's cost calculations are speculative; one would have to take into account the cost of the extra (roughly 600) caesarean sections required to prevent the one possibly avoidable case of severe disability, plus the cost of the resulting increased number of caesarean sections in future pregnancies. Best practice should not be determined by the risk and cost of litigation but should aim to …

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