We appreciate receiving the information on the research by Drs Olson and Jobe1 published in June 1996. Our MEDLINE search on November 13, 1996, just before we submitted our Editorial, failed to disclose the publication of their article due to a delay in indexing.
Coincidently, BMJ showed considerable initiative in further exploring these issues in a series of articles2-5 and followup letters.6 We strongly urge interested readers to consult this thoughtful collection introduced with a challenging commentary by the editor, Dr Richard Smith.2
Rennie D. Reporting Institutional Review Board Approval and Patient Consent-Reply. JAMA. 1997;278(6):477. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550060053032