In reply: Screening mammography and mortality

Alan Rodger
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (4): .
Published online: 17 February 2003

In reply: In his letter, Gøtzsche is clearly under the misapprehension that, in using the figure of speech "gives the lie to", I am accusing him of lying. Nothing could be further from the truth. As he quotes, I applied that phrase to his conclusions. In my Australian Oxford Dictionary1 to "give the lie to" can mean — and it is this meaning that I was applying — "serve to show the falsity of a supposition".

  • Alan Rodger


Competing interests:

I am Chair of the Board of BreastScreen Victoria, and a member of the editorial group of the Cochrane Breast Cancer Group.


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