May 2010

The Best of the BestA New Section Led by Henry W. Lim, MD

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Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(5):554. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.47

What does “best” mean? “Best” may be defined as follows: As an adverb, best may mean “to the greatest advantage,” as in the best way; as a noun, best means “achieving the greatest degree of good or excellence”; and as an adjective, best may mean “the most productive of good or of advantage or utility, excelling all others”1

The best manuscript can be considered the one that may do the greatest good by being read by the most people. Others consider the best manuscript to be the one most cited in peer-reviewed journals. The mission statement of the Archives of Dermatology states that “Studies that increase the understanding of the outcome of treatment or the means by which the burden of dermatologic disease can be measured and reduced to promote the health of patients with skin diseases will receive special priority.”

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