Least worst solutions

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 20 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:i

Although we devoted a whole issue to the subject last week, the question of “medicalisation” crops up all the time. Most weeks some articles address, obliquely or not, the issue of how much a problem is medical and how much a medical solution might be an answer to it. This week is no exception.

Several recent studies have dealt with the question of why caesarean section rates are rising throughout the world, despite evidence that high rates are not a good thing. Rates are particularly high in South America, and it's unclear whether these are driven by patient demand …

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