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Abstracts and Reviews: Their Importance

Ralph A. Manchester
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 23 Number 4: Page 145 (December 2008)

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Abstract: IN THIS EDITORIAL, I want to highlight two parts of Medical Problems of Performing Artists---one relatively old, the other brand new---that make very important contributions to the advancement of our knowledge. While the core of any peer-reviewed publication that aspires to increase what we know about a particular subject area is the original research report, several other types of writing are just as essential. Case reports, letters to the editor, meeting reports, book reviews, and even editorials all make information, analysis, and opinions known to the readership. They provide feedback on published articles, offer new interpretation of published data, illustrate mechanisms of injury and illness even if describing a ¿series of one,¿ describe new treatments, and propose novel ideas. As valuable as these are, the publication of abstracts of articles from other journals and review articles written by topical experts add further dimension to scientific journals.

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