A statistical evaluation of recurrent medical examinations
Lincoln, T. L. W., George H. (1964). A Statistical Evaluation of Recurrent Medical Examinations. [Journal Article]. Operations Research, 12(2), 187-205.
In this paper we consider the efficiency of different policies for scheduling medical examinations in a search for diseases like cancer, which start without overt symptoms. We treat both periodic and random examinations and allow for imperfect diagnosis depending on how long the disease has been present. The results of our theory are then checked against a rough data fit to the incidence curve of cervical cancer.