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May 19, 1999

The Firing of Dr Lundberg

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(19):1789. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-19-jbk0519

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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