BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 04 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:k

Increasing pressure on limited financial resources for health services dictates informed decisions about the efficacy, safety, and cost effectiveness of new treatments. A series of case studies in Assessment of Health Care Technologies (Wiley, £24.95, ISBN 0 471 96571 5) illustrate the theme: they include magnetic resonance imaging, coronary angioplasty, thrombolysis, screening for prostatic cancer, and new treatments for gallstones.

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