Michael Phillips, MD
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To the editors: Microcomputers are now ubiquitous tools in biomedical research, but one would hardly know it from reading most medical journals.
In scientific papers, data are usually conceived in the "Introduction," born in the "Methods," and presented in their mature adult form as "Results." What is missing is a sense of the turbulent adolescent development of the data, which nowadays takes place almost entirely in a microcomputer: storage and recovery (in a database management program), editing and manipulation (in a spreadsheet program), mathematical analysis (in a statistical program), and visual display (in a graphics program). Developing the data requires
Phillips M. We Thank Our Computer for Performing the Research. Ann Intern Med. ;116:606. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-7-606_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(7):606.
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