BERNHARD R. WINKELMANN, M.D.
To the editor: In the interesting article by Dooley and associates (1), I had difficulty following the reasoning in at least one statement. A universal problem for the reader of articles discussing percentages in various subsets is to keep track of the absolute numbers being discussed. Maybe one standard table should be required with a list of all percentages and absolute figures presented in the article, but obviously I cannot imagine any way of doing this in a short and precise table.
I am puzzled with the authors' statement, "Endoscopy provided the correct diagnosis in 96% of patients, compared with
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WINKELMANN BR. Barium Meals and Endoscopy. Ann Intern Med. 1985;102:271-273. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-2-271_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(2):271-273.
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