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Re: Overdiagnosis from non-progressive cancer detected by screening mammography: stochastic simulation study with calibration to population based registry data

BMJ 2011; doi: (Published 25 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;:

Re: Overdiagnosis from non-progressive cancer detected by screening mammography: stochastic simulation study with calibration to population based registry data

Physicians probe the past and present (diagnosis), prescribe medicine, and predict the future (prognosis). But sometimes physicians are wrong, because they’re so focussed on esoteric scientific knowledge, that they ignore plain common sense by overlooking obvious questions, such as the patient’s contact with toxins and addictions, both of which are common causes of sickness. A wise physician knows that knowledge plus common sense is wisdom, but knowledge minus common sense is nonsense.

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 November 2011
Hugh Mann
Physician