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The Media Matter: A Call for Straightforward Medical Reporting

Lisa M. Schwartz, MD, MS; and Steven Woloshin, MD, MS
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From VA Outcomes Group, White River Junction, VT 05009.


Note: Drs. Woloshin and Schwartz contributed equally to the creation of this manuscript; the order of their names is arbitrary.

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States government.

Acknowledgment: The authors thank H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH, and John Birkmeyer, MD, for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of this editorial.

Grant Support: Drs. Woloshin and Schwartz are supported by Veterans Affairs Career Development Awards in Health Services Research and Development and by Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholar Awards. This work was supported in part by the National Cancer Institute (CA91052-01) and by a Research Enhancement Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate the harms from excessive medical care.

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest:Honoraria: L.M. Schwartz, S. Woloshin (National Institutes of Health); Other: L.M. Schwartz, S. Woloshin (Knight Foundation).

Requests for Single Reprints: Steven Woloshin, MD, MS, VA Outcomes Group (111B), Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, White River Junction, VT 05009.


Ann Intern Med. 2004;140(3):226-228. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-140-3-200402030-00015
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Believe nothing that you see in the newspapers … if you see anything in them that you know is true, begin to doubt it at once.

–Sir William Osler (1)

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