ERIC T. RUMSEY, M.L.S.
To the editor: The article by Haynes and colleagues (1) is very useful. We use the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Bibliographic Retrieval Service (BRS) systems to search MEDLINE, and our experience generally confirms what Haynes and colleagues report. However, the sample searches used by Haynes and colleagues to test the different systems were relatively simple and straightforward (an obvious advantage in doing an objective study of many systems). For searches such as these, NLM is indeed a perfectly adequate system, and it probably is the least expensive, as the study shows. As searches become more complicated, however,
ERIC T. RUMSEY. Searching the Medical Literature. Ann Intern Med. 1986;104:889. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-6-889_1
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