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Letters Bad medicine: sports medicine

Surgery is effective for rotator cuff and cruciate injuries

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 03 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2582
  1. W Angus Wallace, professor of orthopaedic and accident surgery1
  1. 1Division of Orthopaedic and Accident Surgery, University of Nottingham, Nottingham University Hospitals, Queen’s Medical Centre Campus, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK
  1. Angus.Wallace{at}

I respond to Spence on the basis of my experience as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon for the past 27 years, my position as professor of orthopaedic surgery for the past 26 years, and my interest in sports medicine for over 20 years.1 Spence obviously has considerable experience of both rotator cuff tears and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries when he says: “Sports medicine trials are of poor …

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