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Books, Journals, New Media
April 16, 2003

Medical Literature

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.

JAMA. 2003;289(15):2000-2001. doi:10.1001/jama.289.15.2000-a

The information explosion in medicine has left us overwhelmed by accumulating new knowledge. If one devoted only two hours a day to keeping up even within a subsubspecialty, one could hardly manage the task. Many replace the weekly visit to the medical library with full-text online services and rely on abstracts, rather than accessing the full text. Even with such shortcuts, keeping updated has become a tedious task, owing to the large volume of publications and time spent interacting with the MEDLINE database.

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