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Objective Book Reviews

Objective Book Reviews Abstract To the Editor.— Dr Gilchres1 might find a source for objective book reviewers if she were to turn to the consumer for help. I suggest putting a self-addressed tear-out card in each issue of the Archives along with a form that would enable readers to pass judgment on books they have read. Let them rate the book on a number of points, such as clarity and educational value. Unless a sustained effort is made by an author to have friends stuff the ballot box (would anyone be capable of such a thing?), after a few months, the reaction from the readers will be more objective than a single reviewer's saccharine comments could ever be. Such a printout might not have the entertainment value of a "robust review" or a bit of "Kligmania,"2 but such is the nature of raw data. References 1. Gilchrest BA: In defense of robust reviewing . Arch Dermatol 1985;121:713.Crossref 2. Kligman AM: In defense of robust reviewing . Arch Dermatol 1985;121:713.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Dermatology American Medical Association

Objective Book Reviews

Archives of Dermatology , Volume 121 (11) – Nov 1, 1985

Objective Book Reviews

Abstract

Abstract To the Editor.— Dr Gilchres1 might find a source for objective book reviewers if she were to turn to the consumer for help. I suggest putting a self-addressed tear-out card in each issue of the Archives along with a form that would enable readers to pass judgment on books they have read. Let them rate the book on a number of points, such as clarity and educational value. Unless a sustained effort is made by an author to have friends stuff the ballot box (would anyone be capable...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1985 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-987X
eISSN
1538-3652
DOI
10.1001/archderm.1985.01660110029006
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Abstract

Abstract To the Editor.— Dr Gilchres1 might find a source for objective book reviewers if she were to turn to the consumer for help. I suggest putting a self-addressed tear-out card in each issue of the Archives along with a form that would enable readers to pass judgment on books they have read. Let them rate the book on a number of points, such as clarity and educational value. Unless a sustained effort is made by an author to have friends stuff the ballot box (would anyone be capable of such a thing?), after a few months, the reaction from the readers will be more objective than a single reviewer's saccharine comments could ever be. Such a printout might not have the entertainment value of a "robust review" or a bit of "Kligmania,"2 but such is the nature of raw data. References 1. Gilchrest BA: In defense of robust reviewing . Arch Dermatol 1985;121:713.Crossref 2. Kligman AM: In defense of robust reviewing . Arch Dermatol 1985;121:713.Crossref

Journal

Archives of DermatologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Nov 1, 1985

References