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The Disregard Syndrome: A Menace to Honest Science?

We are witnessing the continuation of an accelerated, unprecedented explosion of scientific information that might make the life of a serious investigator unbearably complicated. Unlike our pioneering investigators, however, we are fortunate to have access to modern information-retrieving pools such as Medline, Biological Abstracts, and more recently selected electronic journals. These allow us, at the press of a key, to choose desired scientific citations. A search for articles in the medical

Isaac Ginsburg
We are witnessing the continuation of an accelerated, unprecedented explosion of scientific information that might make the life of a serious investigator unbearably complicated. Unlike our pioneering investigators, however, we are fortunate to have access to modern information-retrieving pools such as Medline, Biological Abstracts, and more recently selected electronic journals. These allow us, at the press of a key, to choose desired scientific citations.

A search for articles in the medical and biological sciences published in the pre-Medline era necessitates browsing through the heavy volumes of Index Medicus. The invaluable wealth of the "old" scientific observations stored in these volumes was painstakingly obtained by those pioneers due to their ingenuity and perspicacity. Despite their lack of access to any of the modern technologies, they still managed to elucidate, in great depth, indispensable basic biological and biochemical phenomena that, if ignored, could greatly diminish our abilities to evaluate the...

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