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Sixty seconds on . . . medical detection dogs

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 22 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l302
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

What’s this? Canine assisted therapy?

In a manner of speaking. As well as being man’s best friend and more than just a Christmas present, there is a growing body of evidence that a dog can be pretty effective in sniffing out illness and disease.

Paws for thought?

You bet. Last week, results from the biggest study of its kind by the University of Bristol1 found that dogs can be trained to successfully alert people …

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