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Early Release of Research Results

Suzanne W. Fletcher, MD; and Robert H. Fletcher, MD
Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(8):698-700. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-114-8-698
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Historically, medical research reported in peer-reviewed journals all too often has been thought to be the dry, obtuse, somewhat boring stuff of medical science, tough even for dedicated physicians to digest. Times have changed. Medical research news is now eagerly sought by the lay press and public; medical headlines are seen and heard daily. Patient groups, especially the articulate, politically sophisticated sufferers of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), want medical news as fast as possible, in the desperate hope that lives can be saved.

Researchers are having the fruits of years of labor publicly acclaimed. To be quoted in a


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