Frederic C. McDuffie, MD
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McDuffie FC. Masking, Blinding, and Peer Review. Ann Intern Med. 1998;129:165. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-129-2-199807150-00035
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(2):165.
TO THE EDITOR:
Dr. Davidoff's discussion of the pros and cons of anonymous peer review for manuscripts  reminded me of my own experience in this area. From the 1950s through the 1970s, when I was actively engaged in bench research, I was frequently asked to review scientific manuscripts. I put a lot of time and intellectual effort into these reviews, often going to the library and reading relevant references. I felt a certain disappointment that these efforts were not acknowledged except for the inclusion of my name in the annual list of reviewers. I know that some of these reviews were very helpful to the authors and resulted in major revisions. Also, as an investigator myself, I derived much benefit from reviews of my own contributions. In more than one instance, I went back to the bench and did additional experiments that buttressed and extended my observations. I regretted that I could not express my appreciation to the colleagues who had helped me.
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