Today’s New York Times Article

2/12/2014 In today’s New York Times on the front page there is an article about a long-term Canadian study involving mammographic screening for breast cancer. It looked at over 90,000 women randomized to get mammographic screening vs. those who only had a breast exam by a nurse without mammography. It lasted 25 years. It was published in the British Medical Journal. It found that there was no difference in deaths from breast cancer in either group (about 1 death per 90 women enrolled over the...


Letter to The New York Times

05/01/2013 An article appeared in yesterday's NY Times Science section about the lack of benefit and even potential harm of the routine bimanual pelvic examination in gynecology. It is so inaccurate and one sided that I have sent a letter to the Times which I have reproduced for you. (I am not optimistic that they will choose to run it.) This is such important information you may want to share it with friends, colleagues and family... All reporters and most readers appreciate there are two s...


Pap Smear Screening

There was an article in the New York Times by Tara Parker-Pope entitled “The annual appointment loses some relevance”.  It was about the highly publicized, but not so very different, pap smear guidelines by the USPSTF (United States Preventative Services Task Force).  The guidelines had already been changed several years ago making the recommendation for less screening in some women.  At that time, as a member of the Editorial Board of Contemporary ObGyn, I wrote a piece entitled “If it...