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December 19, 2001

When Should the Public Be Informed of the Results of Medical Research?—Reply

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(23):2944-2945. doi:10.1001/jama.286.23.2940

In Reply: It appears that Mr Holtz may have misinterpreted our policy regarding release of information to the public,1 as it applies to research abstracts presented at biomedical meetings. As we noted in our Editorial, research presentations and discussions at biomedical meetings are an integral part of the orderly progression of scientific communication and scholarly discourse. However, these presentations are designed as a preliminary exchange of information among physicians, other health care professionals, and other researchers.