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April 11, 2012

The Debut of Dueling Viewpoints

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Author Affiliations: Dr Bauchner ( is Editor in Chief and Dr Fontanarosa is Executive Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2012;307(14):1532. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.432

Medical journals should encourage discussion and debate.1,2 For many clinical, public health, and policy issues, there seems to be little agreement and limited scholarly discourse. For example, consider the common clinical question of whether an otherwise healthy middle-aged man with an elevated cholesterol level should begin to take a statin. This question is addressed by Michael J. Blaha and colleagues3 and Rita Redberg and Mitchell Katz4 in a new feature in our Viewpoint section.

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