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Letters Screening debate

How we risk getting it wrong in cognitive screening too

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 12 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4043
  1. Peter J Gordon, old age psychiatrist1
  1. 1NHS Forth Valley, Clackmannanshire Community Healthcare Centre, Sauchie, Alloa FK10 3JQ, UK
  1. pgsg{at}

McPherson asks how we got it wrong with breast screening.1 Will we be asking a similar question of cognitive screening in 10 years’ time? The discipline of public health epidemiology must be given due weight when considering cognitive screening in elderly people. Robust, repeated epidemiological findings worldwide show that more …

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