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Balancing benefits and harms in health care: Editor's choice was sensationalist but not true

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 19 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:458
  1. Bob Bury, consultant radiologist (
  1. Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3EX

    EDITOR—I have for a long time thought that one of the chief obstacles to the public's understanding of medicine is the inability of the average punter to understand the concepts of probability and risk-benefit analysis that underpin most of the treatment decisions we make, and our failure as a profession to dispel that ignorance.

    It was disappointing to read Smith's Editor's …

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