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Having non-medical readers of papers on internet will enhance peer review

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 24 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1144
  1. Paul Whatling, Specialist registrar in vascular surgery (
  1. Nuffield Department of Surgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU

    EDITOR—Eysenbach and Diepgen have summarised clearly the problems of quality control on the internet, but their interpretation of the current situation and likely future developments is inadequate.1 Electronic communication is the future and is increasing the availability of information in many areas, of which medicine is only one.

    The authors have underestimated the discriminatory abilities of those accessing the information. Patients have heard reports of magical cures and cancer healers for hundreds …

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