To the Editor: We are concerned that the Methods sections of articles published in the Journal are printed in a small typeface. Use of this format implies that Methods is optional reading or needed only for the exceptional reader who wishes more technical information. The quality of clinical research depends heavily on study design. The description of Methods may be more critical in clinical reports, such as those often appearing in the Journal, than in basic-science reports. The small-print format distracts readers from the focal point of each article and is more difficult to read. Readers should be encouraged. . . No extract is available for articles shorter than 400 words.
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