Daniel J. Highkin, MD
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To the Editors: As McCally and Cassell (1) point out, we must all make lifestyle changes personally and professionally to avert global environmental catastrophe. I have recently attempted to prevent unwanted "throw-away" journals from coming into our office, and have encountered numerous structural roadblocks to this effort.
These journals are a threat to our environment because they contribute to deforestation, global warming, hazardous waste, and the overfilling of landfills. They also increase the cost of medical care.
I recently compiled a list of all nonrequested journals that are sent to the 20 internists in our multispecialty group, and asked each
Highkin DJ. Unwanted Journals and the Environment. Ann Intern Med. ;113:996. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-12-996_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(12):996.
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