David Lieberman, MD
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Lieberman D.; Colonoscopy: As Good as Gold?. Ann Intern Med. 2004;141:401-403. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-141-5-200409070-00018
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2004;141(5):401-403.
Although William Shakespeare's reputation may be slightly tarnished by the knowledge that he probably borrowed from Chaucer, he is, nevertheless, the bard against whom we compare all others. In gastroenterology, it has been a foregone conclusion that colonoscopy can provide the most accurate examination of the colon, and it is the gold standard against which we judge other tests. With the increasing use of colonoscopy in colon cancer screening as a primary test or a test after a positive screening result with fecal occult blood test, sigmoidoscopy, computed tomography colonography, or fecal DNA testing, knowing the true accuracy of colonoscopy takes on even greater importance.
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