FRED SCHNEIWEISS, PHARM.D.
To the editor: I read with alarm the "Perspective" article by Cummings and Mehnert (1) on the challenge to MEDLINE implemented by Excerpta Medica. I for one must register my support for the continued appropriations by Congress to the National Library of Medicine and its on-line database, MEDLINE.
Over the past 3 years (1979 to 1981), I have completed a total of 950 computer searches on various databases, with MEDLINE accounting for 654 of these searches. The average time spent on a search for all 3 years combined was 8.6 minutes (for all databases used). Using the current fee of
SCHNEIWEISS F. MEDLINE Changes. Ann Intern Med. ;97:456. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-3-456_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(3):456.
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