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BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 15 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:188
  1. A E Dobbin, general practitioner
  1. Brunton Place Surgery, Edinburgh EH7 5EG

    EDITOR—During last October I received my BMJ in a wrapper that proudly proclaimed that many journals published by the BMJ Publishing Group, including Heart, Gut, Thorax, and JMG, were now online. I thought this a useful innovation and looked forward to getting access to them. I am a full time, extremely busy general practitioner—as we all are—and access to any kind of information is therefore extremely useful. There had been a lot of interest in a recent article in Thorax about diet and obstructive airways disease. Naturally, I wanted to look at it, and I assumed that I would be able to gain access to it through the BMJ's website or Medline.

    After spending a frustrating 25 minutes seeking access I had to give up. I managed to get an article from a newspaper online about the article. I telephoned the helpline advertised on the outside cover of …

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