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Chinese medical journals Include summaries of key articles

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6955.666a (Published 10 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:666
  1. A Y Finlay,
  2. R Marks
  1. Journal of Dermatological Treatment, Department of Dermatology, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF4 4XN
  2. Maxillofacial Unit, Walton Hospital, Liverpool 10 1AE
  3. Department of Psychiatry, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 11/F, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong.

    EDITOR, - We agree with Richard Smith that a wealth of medical science is being published in China but is getting no exposure in English speaking countries.1 But his suggestion that individuals should contact the appropriate directors in Beijing for information, although helpful, is unwieldy and unlikely to be followed up by those without specific professional interests. General medical readers need to be more easily kept informed, and one way of helping them in this is for English language journals to carry short summaries of key work from the current Chinese medical literature. The June 1994 edition of the Journal of Dermatological Treatment, for example, devoted two pages to summarising eight articles selected by eminent Chinese dermatologists.2 We encourage other editors to follow this example.

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    English is a barrier

    1. J P Hayter
    1. Journal of Dermatological Treatment, Department of Dermatology, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF4 4XN
    2. Maxillofacial Unit, Walton Hospital, Liverpool 10 1AE
    3. Department of Psychiatry, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 11/F, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong.

      EDITOR, - Richard Smith highlights the wealth of material in Chinese medical journals.1 During an attachment to the head and neck …

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