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Letters The treatment paradox

Not treating, delaying

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:174
  1. Malcolm Kendrick, salaried general practitioner
  1. 1Brownley Green Health Centre, Wythenshaw M22 4GL
  1. malcolmken{at}

    The true benefit of statins is actually much less than Spence outlines.1 This is mainly because the use of the term NNT (number needed to treat) is inappropriate, as the T implies treatment and cure. Statins do not treat or …

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