I'm only reproducing here the abstract and author information, so that you can decide if you'd like to pour yourself a cup or a glass of something and peruse the longer, very technical article. This one is definitely beyond me, but there is always information to be gleaned, learning to be done.
Do you hear it? "Tomorrow, tomorrow..." is playing somewhere nearby. Well, I'll just crank up some Bonnie Raitt.
I'm on a Bonnie Raitt kick.
Okay, back to business. First, a word about BMC Neurology and its publication policies:
BMC Neurology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of neurological disorders, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology.
It is journal policy to publish work deemed by peer reviewers to be a coherent and sound addition to scientific knowledge and to put less emphasis on interest levels, provided that the research constitutes a useful contribution to the field.
They have, as I said, an open-access policy to most research, as well as a freely accessible database of case reports. It's an enlightened approach and one much appreciated by individuals and families/friends attempting to research illnesses and who are at times desperate for information that normally must be purchased on the basis of a short abstract teaser. Just in case it hasn't sunk in yet, or you are just coming out of shock:
All articles published by BMC Neurology are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers...
Authors of articles published in BMC Neurology are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.
Clearly, money must change hands at some point, and this is accomplished by a system of "article-processing charges," bless their souls. Note, however, that: "We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries."
There is still time to send a Valentine!
The CRPS / RSD article in question is:
Morphological macrovascular alterations in complex regional pain syndrome type I demonstrated by increased intima-media thickness
BMC Neurology 2013, 13:14
Nicola Derenthal1†, Tim Maecken2†, Elena Krumova1,4, Alfried Germing3 andChristoph Maier1*