ARTHUR F. GREENWALD, M.D.
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To the editor: Having long urged our profession to police itself, I wish you would editorialize for reform among the "give-away" medical journals or else publish this letter. The plethora of free periodicals that inundate the doctor is of questionable value. Most of the articles repeat what has already been published in standard textbooks or ethical journals such as yours. The special ills that I see in these journals, along with my proposals for reform, are as follows:
1. Diversion of scarce medical talent from practice, teaching, or research. Even if the articles are written by a "medical journalist," the
GREENWALD AF. Away with the "Give-Aways". Ann Intern Med. ;75:649–650. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-4-649_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(4):649-650.
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