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Frank Davidoff, MD; Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH; Jeffrey M. Drazen, MD; John Hoey, MD; Liselotte Højgaard, MD, DMSc; Richard Horton, FRCP; Sheldon Kotzin; Magne Nylenna; A. John P.M. Overbeke, MD, PhD; Harold C. Sox, MD; Martin B. Van Der Weyden, MD, FRACP, FRCPA; Michael S. Wilkes, MD, PhD, The Editors
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Dr. Davidoff: Editor Emeritus, Annals of Internal Medicine Dr. DeAngelis: Editor, Journal of the American Medical Association Dr. Drazen: Editor-in-Chief, The New England Journal of Medicine The Editors: The New Zealand Medical Journal Dr. Hoey: Editor, Canadian Medical Association Journal Dr. Højgaard: Editor-in-Chief, Ugeskrift for Læger (Journal of the Danish Medical Association) Dr. Horton: Editor, The Lancet Mr. Kotzin: Executive Editor, MEDLINE/Index Medicus Mr. Nylenna: Editor-in-Chief, Tidsskrift for Den norske laegeforening (Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association) Dr. Overbeke: Executive Editor, Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (Dutch Journal of Medicine) Dr. Sox: Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine Dr. Van Der Weyden: Editor, The Medical Journal of Australia Dr. Wilkes: Editor, Western Journal of Medicine


Corresponding Author: Harold Sox, MD, American College of Physicians–American Society of Internal Medicine, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106.


Ann Intern Med. 2001;135(6):463-466. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-135-6-200109180-00016
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