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Letters Improving stroke outcome

Apply science, not politics

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 06 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:464
  1. David Barer, professor in stroke medicine
  1. Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE9 6SX
  1. d.h.barer{at}

    Markus leaps from a discussion about outcomes to a plea to reorganise acute stroke care to improve access to thrombolysis.1 Not one patient received thrombolytic treatment in the studies he quotes, but such subtleties will be lost in the political hubbub about the NHS letting us all down yet again. It is frustrating that after 25 years' research, we have only one drug treatment, alteplase, which seems to work, and we only manage …

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