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July 1988

Press Embargoes and Medical News

Arch Ophthalmol. 1988;106(7):879. doi:10.1001/archopht.1988.01060140021008

To the Editor.  —I read with interest the IN FOCUS feature concerning press embargoes and medical news.1 I find it disappointing that the editors of the leading medical journals think reporters need lead time to read the material and prepare their stories before that information is released to the medical community.I also found it disturbing that the results of the Multicenter Trial of Cryotherapy for Retinopathy of Prematurity2 were reported in the newspapers three weeks before I received my copy of the Archives containing the study. While I have not seen or treated any cases of retinopathy of prematurity recently, I received many questions from patients concerning the study as it was reported in the local newspapers. How is one expected to intelligently answer these questions when the only available information is the same newspaper articles read by the public?The press should not have access to

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