Mark S. McGowan, MD
To the editors: Short declarative sentences are being used more frequently for titles of scientific articles. This practice should be discouraged because it is misleading.
One example is the otherwise well-written article by Krishna and Kapoor (1) titled "Potassium Depletion Exacerbates Essential Hypertension." Do the authors really mean to imply that the issue is now and forever settled?
I suggest three alternatives, beginning with the one I prefer:
1. The Effect of Potassium Depletion on Blood Pressure
2. Does Potassium Depletion Elevate Blood Pressure?
3. A Low Potassium Diet for Ten Days Was Associated With an Elevation of Blood Pressure
Mark S. McGowan. What's in a Title?. Ann Intern Med. 1991;115:660. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-8-660_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(8):660.
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