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Books, Journals, New Media
December 25, 2002

Medical LiteratureInterpreting the Medical Literature

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2002;288(24):3169-3170. doi:10.1001/jama.288.24.3169

Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.—Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

We need help to "weigh and consider" the information that medical science presents to us. The Users' Guides to the Medical Literature, edited by Guyatt and Rennie, and Sackett's Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, are two sources to consult in untangling complex clinical literature.1,2 This list should also include Gehlbach's Interpreting the Medical Literature, first published in 1982. In fact, we may begin our education on a solid foundation with the fourth edition.

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