Sexual Health

June 2009


Medical journals

What are they good for?

Volume 38, No.6, June 2009 Pages 434-437

Kath O’Connor

In 2007 Kath O’Connor completed a 12 month GPET funded editorial and research training post at Australian Family Physician and the University of Melbourne. In this article, she reflects on the role of medical journals. Are they of use to practising clinicians? Or is their main role to foster research and further the careers of authors?

When I started as a general practice registrar and joined The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), two things happened. The first was that my ecological footprint increased about a hundredfold. Every day I found my letterbox stuffed full of papers, journals, magazines and promotional material from pharmaceutical companies. Then there were the myriad investment opportunities and the insurance and credit card offers.

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