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Following one of Cochrane's pathways

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    In 1978 this journal published an intriguing paper from Archibald L Cochrane. Under the ironic title of “Health service “input” and mortality “output” in developed countries” what they showed was an ecological association between number of doctors and...mortality. It has been one of the more quoted papers in the past 25 years and has been reprinted several times in readers of …

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