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Book and Software Review
June 2002

Users' Guides to the Medical Literature

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BARBARA A.BLODIMD

Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(6):873. doi:

All ophthalmologists suffer from information overload. We are inundated constantly with information from new textbooks, journals, newsletters, throwaways, e-mail discussions, as well as pharmaceutical representatives. Computer-assisted literature searches allow us to find information from our personal computers. However, information is not all the same. For example, textbook chapters are almost always out-of-date. Journals are peer reviewed, but case reports and case series fail to provide strong information on which to base clinical decisions. Review articles provide an overview of a subject, but they usually do not take into account the quality of information. Although recommendations from these articles may be correct, they often are just opinions and not based on evidence.

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