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Data, data everywhere

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 04 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f725

Re: Data, data everywhere

Healthcare blends the basic sciences of PhDs with the clinical medicine of MDs. So physicians depend on various basic scientists, like pharmaceutical chemists, molecular biologists, statisticians, and computer scientists. But physicians are rarely qualified to second-guess the data from these scientists. So perhaps medical journals should accept more responsibility for evaluating this data, and spare physicians from impossible tasks. After all, medical journals presumably have the necessary scientific and financial resources, and moreover are outlets for continuing medical education.

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 March 2013
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO, USA