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October 1988

THE SINGLE PATIENT REPORT

Am J Dis Child. 1988;142(10):1035. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1988.02150100029018

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Abstract

Several years ago, AJDC reversed a long-standing policy and discontinued publication of a large number of single patient reports (many call these "case" reports, but this term is too dehumanizing, and is not used by AJDC). We did so because most of these were of the "me too," or "nth instance of ..." type. We did not feel that such contributions were useful to our readers, nor were they important enough to occupy valuable editorial space. We still do publish patient reports, either as full original articles, when they are unique, or as a Pediatric Forum submission when they are valuable reminders of an important point in the care of children.

Since this change in policy we have had multiple conversations and letters concerning the value of patient reports and we continue to receive some 100 such reports each year (we sincerely believe that authors do not read the

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