Lies, damned lies...

 作者:牟氐     |      日期:2019-03-08 06:09:14
Official statistics on cause of death may underestimate the toll from cancer, says Elizabeth Burton of the Medical Center of Louisiana in New Orleans. Burton examined the records of patients in a single hospital whose autopsies showed that they had died of cancer. She found 44 per cent had either not previously been diagnosed as suffering from cancer, or the type of cancer had been misdiagnosed (The Journal of the American Medical Association, vol 280, p 1245). Many mistakes may never be spotted. In the 1960s, around half of patients dying in US hospitals were subjected to an autopsy. Today,