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MEDIS: A New Strategic Option for Acquiring Medical Information—Electronically

Arch Surg. 1986;121(10):1113. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1986.01400100019001.
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In May 1985, the American Medical Association licensed each of its scientific journals for use in MEDIS, a new full-text medical electronic publishing service of Mead Data Central. Thus, the Archives is now included in MEDIS along with the other nine AMA journals, which are The Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Diseases of Children, Archives of Dermatology, Archives of General Psychiatry, Archives of Internal Medicine, Archives of Neurology, Archives of Ophthalmology, Archives of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, and Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.1

In the genre of electronic data-base technology, MEDIS represents a full-text data-base service. In the case of the Archives, for example, the entire editorial content from 1982 to the present will be stored electronically. Subscribers to MEDIS, using most conventional data terminals, microcomputers, or a specially designed Mead terminal, are now able to search the entire body of knowledge contained in


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