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Risks of medicine and air travel

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 23 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1135
  1. Amanda Bisset, specialist registrar in radiology,
  2. Gabor Libertiny, specialist registrar in surgery
  1. Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD
  2. Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading RG1 5AN

    EDITOR—Berwick and Leape draw comparisons between the risks of delivering health care to patients and the safety statistics of airline travel,1 with air travel being over 10 000 times safer for the passenger than medicine for the patient. Although nobody doubts the importance of designing safer healthcare systems that …

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