DEXTER D. MAR, Pharm.D.
To the editor: Dr. Haynes and colleagues have contributed a valuable report on an important decision-making tool, computer-based retrieval of the medical literature (1). They have attempted a comparative evaluation of various sources of MEDLINE to assist clinicians in making rational choices.
We agree with Dr. Haynes and associates' conclusions that more research is clearly needed to determine systems of choice for computer-novice clinicians and that cost effectiveness is a significant factor. In light of these conclusions, however, their recommendation that clinicians use the National Library of Medicine (NLM) service (or any service) seems premature. Clearly, their method of using
MAR DD. Computer Searching of the Medical Literature. Ann Intern Med. ;104:582–583. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-4-582_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(4):582-583.
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