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My editorial note in the December 1979 issue (1) alluded to one of the fears faced by the physician being interviewed by a representative of the popular media: the fear that news reports of his or her clinical observations or research might lead to rejection of a formal paper on the same findings by a journal editor on the grounds of "prior publication." There are other fears. The reporter might misquote. The headline might be sensational and embarrassing. There may be no redress for errors. Even those physicians who believe that their profession has a duty to help the popular
Are You Ready for Reporters?. Ann Intern Med. ;92:123. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-1-123
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(1):123.
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