Edward J. Huth, MD
In considering how "the computer revolution" might affect the professions, Christopher Evans (1) pointed out that their "vulnerability . . . is tied up with their special strength—the fact that they act as exclusive repositories and disseminators of specialist knowledge." He might have added that a professional's strength within a field depends on how much more or less he or she knows than colleagues. But one's capacity for knowing is sharply limited by the brain's capacity for storage of information and processing it. As the body of information relevant in any way to medical care has grown and grown, physicians
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Huth EJ. The Underused Medical Literature. Ann Intern Med. 1989;110:99-100. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-110-2-99
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