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Letters Risk illiteracy again

Role of cognitive bias

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 17 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3047
  1. Philip Rathbone, general practitioner1
  1. 1Long Clawson Medical Practice, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 4PA, UK
  1. psrathbone{at}

Shuster is trying to have his cake and eat it in his criticism of statistics in clinical practice.1 He highlights that breast cancer screening is a “bad” test (by which I think he …

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