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Too Many Journals, Too Little Time

W. Michael Alberts, MD, MBA, FCCP
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Affiliations: Tampa, FL 
 ,  Dr. Alberts is Professor of Oncology and Medicine, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Associate Center Director for Clinical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

Correspondence to: W. Michael Alberts, MD, MBA, FCCP, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612; e-mail: alberts@moffitt.usf.edu



Chest. 2000;118(1):1. doi:10.1378/chest.118.1.1
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In July 1980, I entered my fellowship training in pulmonary diseases at the University of California in San Diego. At that time, it was rather easy to stay on top of the literature. If one read CHEST, skimmed what was then known as the American Review of Respiratory Diseases, and browsed the New England Journal of Medicine, the Annals of Internal Medicine, and the American Journal of Medicine, one could be on the ‘cutting edge,‘ impress the housestaff, and not spend much time doing it. This, however, is no longer possible. The number of new journals has exploded, and the science contained within their pages is truly impressive. At the current time, I subscribe to 8 journals and religiously monitor the table of contents of another 22. Despite my best efforts, however, I continue to fall behind and not infrequently become aware of a landmark article or a well-written review that has somehow escaped my attention.

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