To the Editor.—It is disappointing that the intervention by Dr Pitkin and Ms Branagan1 did not reduce the number of defective abstracts in articles for publication. As a medical librarian who spends much time advising on and conducting literature searches, I am well aware of the problems of retrieving appropriate information from electronic databases. The more help authors give in providing good abstracts, the more accurately the article will be indexed, and the greater the chances a search will retrieve that article from a database.
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