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Evidence of a CJD epidemic may still be missed

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 08 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1011
  1. James Lowe, professor (
  1. School of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Division of Pathology, University of Nottingham Medical School, Nottingham NG7 2UH

    EDITOR—The United Kingdom faces the possibility of an epidemic of new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease as a result of bovine spongiform encephalopathy,1 but the referral of brain tissue to neuropathologists to determine the cause of degenerative diseases of the brain has virtually stopped. Public concerns over the retention of tissues for investigation after postmortem examination make it is easy to see how this has happened.2

    In the United Kingdom most postmortem examinations on adults are performed because …

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