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Books, Journals, New Media
February 26, 2003


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2003;289(8):1049-1050. doi:10.1001/jama.289.8.1049

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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