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BJOG Editor’s Choice: Reviewing Reviews


Thorp, John M., Jr. (2016). BJOG Editor's Choice: Reviewing Reviews. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 123(3), 321.


The literary term ‘review’ began as the term applied to a critique of a book, play or performance. In a review, a knowledgeable critic would put new works of art into context and advise the reader as to whether or not she should invest her time or money into digesting the work. The phrase was hijacked by clinical medicine and expanded. The expansion occurred as the author of a clinical review focuses on a subject and critiques the articles she has assimilated on the topic. Like the literary review, the clinical review strives to provide the reader with context and structure.


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BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology


Thorp, John M., Jr.