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The five papers in the Perspective section of this issue (1-5) call attention to abuses of authorship and to wasteful publication, two ills afflicting medical journals and perhaps other medical media. Are these ills widespread enough to merit such attention? Although the frequency of abuses and waste is not known, three authors of the Perspective papers who work in medical publishing, Drs. Angell, Bailar, and I, have seen enough of these problems to be convinced that medical academia should begin to get to work on reforms.
Four of the five papers suggest specific reforms and possible remedies. The abuses in
Abuses and Uses of Authorship. Ann Intern Med. ;104:266–267. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-2-266
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(2):266-267.
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