Daniel J. Highkin, MD
To the Editors: As McCally and Cassell (1) point out, we must all make lifestyle changes personally and professionally to avert global environmental catastrophe. I have recently attempted to prevent unwanted "throw-away" journals from coming into our office, and have encountered numerous structural roadblocks to this effort.
These journals are a threat to our environment because they contribute to deforestation, global warming, hazardous waste, and the overfilling of landfills. They also increase the cost of medical care.
I recently compiled a list of all nonrequested journals that are sent to the 20 internists in our multispecialty group, and asked each
Daniel J. Highkin. Unwanted Journals and the Environment. Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:996. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-12-996_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(12):996.
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