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US patients get faster access to botulinum toxin than for suspicious mole checks

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39328.524259.4E (Published 06 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:471
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    It's quicker to arrange an appointment with a dermatologist for a cosmetic injection of botulinum toxin than for one to check potentially malignant changes in a skin mole, US research has shown. Two studies reported a year apart in the Journal of American Academic Dermatology have shown differences in waiting times for dermatology appointments.

    In the latest study researchers posing as patients telephoned 898 dermatologists in 12 metropolitan areas to ask for a botulinum toxin injection (2007 Aug 27 doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2007.07.020). Half offered appointments within a median of eight days. In comparison, a study …

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