MICHAEL GALLICO, M.A., M.Lib.
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To the editor: The example of literature searching used in the context of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) by Dr. Haynes and colleagues (1) correctly exemplifies the dual powers of electronic retrieval, retrospective searching, and current awareness. The article itself illustrates the problem of currency of information in that it makes no reference to the growing number of information resources available in print and electronic form that deal specifically with AIDS.
Although American readers would be advised to consult their reference librarians as to developments in online systems such as BRS-Colleague, the British position has also developed rapidly. An AIDS
GALLICO M. Keeping Up with the Medical Literature. Ann Intern Med. ;106:169. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-1-169_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(1):169.
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