Balancing benefits and harms in health care: Editor's choice was sensationalist but not trueBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7463.458-a (Published 19 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:458
- Bob Bury, consultant radiologist (email@example.com)
- 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 …