The recent discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or "mad
cow" disease) in an adult Holstein cow in Washington state has left many consumers
wondering whether they should be concerned about the safety of beef and physicians
pondering how to help their patients separate legitimate health risks from
myths. While government officials and scientists agree that a certain level
of caution should be taken, not all see eye-to-eye on what risks the public
truly faces .
Hampton T. What Now, Mad Cow?. JAMA. 2004;291(5):543-549. doi:10.1001/jama.291.5.543