Searching the Literature Using Medical Subject Headings versus Text Word with PubMed

  title={Searching the Literature Using Medical Subject Headings versus Text Word with PubMed},
  author={Angela A Chang and Karen M. Heskett and Terence M. Davidson},
  journal={The Laryngoscope},
Objective/Hypothesis: This study was conducted to investigate the performance of two search strategies in the retrieval of information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) on otolaryngology–head and neck surgery related conditions and diagnoses using PubMed. 
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