Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: It is not really like
a bank, but it is not a bad comparison. It does have a corpus,
contributed to by many. Anyone can deposit and anyone can withdraw.
Indeed, we are free to withdraw as much as we want. It is, of course,
the knowledge vault, containing everything now available to advance
health in this world.
Over time, it has been found that the corpus gets contaminated by
things that are not true. Occasionally, this is because of bad intent
on the part of an author, but more often, it is
probably the result of errors, inattention, or the
taking of shortcuts. And so, a system was developed to screen additions
to the truth vault by asking knowledgeable people to give their
opinions before formally depositing the article or statement. A system
was even developed to aid the contributor to improve the wording of the
new information to make it most understandable.
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