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BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:596

The eighth Minerva item (about a study published in Neurology) in the issue of 22 January (BMJ 2005;330:204) may have misled readers by including as its first sentence: “Survival in patients with Parkinson's disease is less than in the general population.” This statement applies generally and is contradictory to the actual finding of the study, which is presented in the rest of the item. We should and could have made it clearer that the first statement was intended, as in most Minerva items, as background.


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