Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
Why do busy clinicians read reviews in "throwaway" (ie, free, advertising-supported)
journals instead of in-depth reviews in peer-reviewed publications? The answer
lies partly in the ease of reading and liberal use of illustrations, which
allow readers to absorb information rapidly. The drawback is the superficial
coverage often provided. Nature Reviews Cancer provides
an alternative to this trade-off by offering up-to-date, comprehensive reviews
in a format that is easy to read.
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