W. Bruce Fye, MD, MA
The biomedical literature serves many purposes. From it we learn what is known and what we seek to know. Communication of new concepts and discoveries is a critical part of the advance of medicine—whether at the bedside or in the laboratory. There are many components of what may be termed the industry of biomedical communication; this paper focuses on the dynamics of medical authorship. Among the themes considered are the incentives that motivate physicians and scientists to write, the rewards of authorship, the relationships of medical authors and editors, and the consequences of the current structure and philosophy of academic
Fye WB. Medical Authorship: Traditions, Trends, and Tribulations. Ann Intern Med. ;113:317–325. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-4-317
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(4):317-325.
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