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Letters Patients and open access

Open access: remember doctors in developing countries

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 20 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2255
  1. Mukunthan Murthi, physician in private practice
  1. Udhagamandalam, India
  1. mukunthan338{at}

Just as patients’ access to journals is important,1 so is the access of doctors in developing countries. Here, institutional access to scientific literature is rare, unlike in most Western countries. Subscribing to four or five ‘‘must have’’ journals, even when subsidised, costs two or three months of salary. Though subscription …

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