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Letters Digital rectal examination

What would the number needed to examine be?

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 28 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3992
  1. James E Stirrup, cardiology SpR1
  1. 1Isle of Wight NHS Trust, St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5TG, UK
  1. jimstirrup{at}

There is only one conflict about digital rectal examination: its use in routine general practice for screening and its use in selected secondary care settings. Spence seems to have argued against its use in routine general practice for …

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