ANDREW G. FRANKS JR., M.D.
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To the editor: The article by Haynes and colleagues (1) in the November issue contains information relevant to those considering an appropriate search system for the medical practice environment. As a user of the Knowledge Index system for the past year and a half, I want to point out an error in the authors' rating system that seriously and incorrectly negates the usefulness of this database.
The authors state that searches on Knowledge Index could not be limited to the English-language articles, and therefore they diminished the direct relevance of the search. Clearly stated in the Knowledge Index workbook under
FRANKS AG. Online Systems for Searching MEDLINE. Ann Intern Med. ;104:441–443. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-3-441_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(3):441-443.
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