Video: Why Are Medical Publications So Important?
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October 22nd, 2012

Dr. Bernstein speaks to the importance and usefulness of publishing research in peer-reviewed medical journals. He is the most widely published author on the Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant procedures, having published more than sixty articles, editorial reviews, books, and textbook chapters. Here is a transcript of the video:
Medical publications are really important, because it's the way that doctors communicate with one another. We have conversations in meetings, but that sort of information is kind of transient. When you have a medical publication, especially a peer-review journal, it's a way for all of the editors to take a look and look at the quality, and then it's down, it's in print, and then other doctors can review this information and can try to reproduce the work. Then when they have ideas, they can publish and it's added to the body of work that you've written. It expands the amount of information that we can use to enhance patient care. With the internet now it's very difficult for patients to know what's real and what's fake when they're reading information. Papers in peer-reviewed medical journals really give the patient a better sense that these things are authentic. That the information is just not made up, that it's gone through this process of being reviewed by other physicians. Also, in this body of medical literature, other doctors are able to review the information, expand on it, and then increase the amount of information that is available for treatments for patients.
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