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  • Copyright Claim Threatens Medical Diagnostic Test

    • 04 January 2012
    A long-standing and popular diagnostic test used by physicians to screen patients for cognitive ailments is being subjected to copyright claims that threaten to restrict the use of the test and others like it. Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), John C. Newman, PhD and Robin Feldman, JD describe the saga of the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE).  First published in 1975, the 30-question test grew in to a ubiquitous presence thanks to lax co...