John Faughnan, MD
To the Editors: I read with interest the discussion by Murphy and colleagues (1) of a residency-based information system. They review the use of bibliographic software and Paperchase to create and maintain a collection of reference articles. Although this approach is not unreasonably expensive, less costly alternatives exist.
For most physicians "Grateful Med" (supported by the National Library of Medicine) is more cost-effective and efficient than PAPERCHASE. It is available from the National Technical Information Service for both Macintosh and IBM-standard (PC) platforms. A typical search costs less than $4 and the program itself is sold below cost at $30
Faughnan J. Managing Medical References. Ann Intern Med. ;113:484. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-6-484_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(6):484.
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