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Medical and Surgical Dermatology: A Critical Guide to the World Literature

Barbara A. Carlson, MLS; Daniel J. Smith, MD
JAMA. 1995;273(23):1881-1882. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520470091044.
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Browsing the world's dermatological literature with the intention of selecting the most important, clinically relevant articles to review and then assimilating their conclusive concepts into practical working knowledge are still giant tasks. Practicing dermatologists, trainees, and academicians still have difficulty accomplishing these tasks, despite increased accessibility to computerized database services.

Now there is help from a new, user-friendly review journal, Medical and Surgical Dermatology: A Critical Guide to the World Literature. This product selectively disseminates information in a familiar, portable, reasonably priced, and visually appealing format. This journal serves as a tool for both current awareness and long-term reference. It complements rather than substitutes for peer-reviewed publications.

As a "journal hybrid" that reaches beyond basic indexing and abstracting to include original essays and pictorial selections, the journal exhibits a unique composition, which serves several needs at once. At each issue's core are some 100 to 150 highly structured abstracts, which


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