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Metastasis of E-mail at an Academic Medical Center

Ian M. Paul, MD, MSc1,2; Benjamin H. Levi, MD, PhD1,3
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1Department of Pediatrics, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania
2Department of Public Health Sciences, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania
3Department of Humanities, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(3):290-291. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.3934.
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Communication modalities have dramatically changed since Thoreau’s time, and one can imagine how he would regard Twitter. Today, instantaneous communication through electronic mail (e-mail) can be sent for free to an infinite number of recipients with a mouse click. This capability has clear benefits (speed, ease of use, and global reach), yet unintended consequences exist for this convenience.2,3

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