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A case report a day keeps the doctor learning away!

An apple a day by Denise Cross, Flickr, CC BY
An apple a day by Denise Cross, Flickr, CC BY

Today, we’re delighted to announce our first Clinical Cases Collection, comprising six diverse studies published here and available for Post-Publication Peer Review.

These articles (and those that we hope to publish) are curated by Professor Friedrich C. Luft, Director of the Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC) at Charite and Max Delbrueck Centre in the Helmholtz Association in Berlin, Germany and Dr. Nana Bit-Avragim, Physician-Scientist and Open Access Advocate.

Clinical case reports remain an essential part of lifelong learning in medicine. Reading at least one a day allows clinicians to hone their differential diagnosis skills beyond their own immediate bedside. Indeed, this knowledge is so vital for shaping the best patient outcomes that it deserves to be openly published so that everyone, regardless of their resources, can read and re-use it as they wish enabling them to:

  • Share interesting and unique disease manifestations and diagnostic methods
  • Provide invaluable first-hand source of evidence about general and novel therapeutic approaches across the globe
  • Help identify life threatening adverse reactions to medications
  • Exchange practice information and generate a wider search for evidence

To all clinicians out there we say “unlock your education doc!” by openly reviewing the articles in this collection or any that you find interesting from nearly 10 million (open articles and toll stubs) items of content on the platform. If that number sounds a bit intimidating, then remember that we have sophisticated search tools (<3 minute video), including an open citation index, to help you find exactly what you are looking for.