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Practice Policies—Guidelines for Methods

David M. Eddy, MD, PhD
JAMA. 1990;263(13):1839-1841. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440130133041.
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Your investment counselor calls you up.

"Boy, have I got a deal for you. We're opening up a limited partnership to develop some property in the Midwest. The price is $50 000 a unit. Can I sign you up?"

"Sounds exciting. Send me the business plan."

"We don't have one."



The senator knocks the table with her gavel.

"Will the hearing please come to order. Thank you very much, Dr Evans, for agreeing to appear before our committee to help us with this most important social problem. We understand that your organization has recently issued guidelines for the prevention of egophilia. We would be most appreciative if you could provide us with the results of your study."

"Thank you, senator. The organization I represent is composed of the great majority of the practitioners in this field. As you know, egophilia is


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