EDWARD J. HUTH, M.D.
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The paper by Mulrow in this issue ( 1 ) makes clear the frequent defects of review articles when they are judged by standards for adequate scientific evidence. The fault is not that of their authors alone. Editors, including those of this journal, must share blame for the defects Mulrow reports; editors are responsible for judging the adequacy of evidence in papers they accept for publication.
The defects pointed out by Mulrow are not without remedies, and the greater value of her paper lies not in exposing the defects but in recommending what future authors should do. Her recommendations certainly
HUTH EJ. Needed: Review Articles with More Scientific Rigor. Ann Intern Med. 1987;106:470–471. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-3-470_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(3):470-471.
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