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Finding the Evidence With Eponyms

Ajay Amarnani, BS; Robert T. Brodell, MD; Eliot N. Mostow, MD, MPH
JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(6):664-665. doi:10.1001/2013.jamadermatol.421.
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Medical research and knowledge continues to expand at an unprecedented pace. This explosion of new information will undoubtedly improve our understanding of disease processes and the subsequent care we afford our patients. The volume of new information, however, poses its own unique obstacles—first and foremost is determining how to most efficiently access this information. Accessing available published literature is by no means a new problem and was highlighted by the tragic death of a Johns Hopkins University research volunteer following the inhalation of hexamethonium in 2001. It was later revealed that the investigators had failed to identify published literature about the known association between hexamethonium and lung toxicity.1

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