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Evaluation of treatments is threatened by EC directive

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 27 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:222
  1. Charles Warlow, professor of medical neurology,
  2. Graham Teasdale, professor of neurosurgery,
  3. Stuart Cobbe, professor of cardiology
  1. University of Edinburgh, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh EH4 2XU
  2. University of Glasgow, Institute of Neurological Sciences, Southern General Hospital NHS Trust, Glasgow G51 4TF
  3. University of Glasgow, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G31 2ER

    EDITOR—Singer and Müllner draw attention to how the European Directive 2001/20/EC might stop trials of treatments for patients rendered suddenly mentally incapacitated by, for example, cardiac arrest, head injury, stroke, or status epilepticus.1 Many of these patients are in no position to give the …

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