DONALD A. WINDSOR
To the editor: How could W. K. Beatty (1) write an article on searching the literature, make statements proclaiming the necessity of searching the literature, and then go ahead and not follow his own good advice?
In the opening paragraph he says, "You will not be able to write intelligently about any subject in medicine unless you know what has already been written about it." In the closing paragraph he says, "you and your potential readers will have profited from it [the literature search]."
Yet, despite these excellent admonitions, Beatty's paper does not have a single reference to the dozens
WINDSOR DA. References: Needed and Unneeded. Ann Intern Med. ;80:562–563. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-80-4-562
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(4):562-563.
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