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       Bio::Tools::EUtilities::Summary - class for handling data output (XML) from esummary.


         #### should not create instance directly; Bio::Tools::EUtilities does this ####

         my $esum = Bio::Tools::EUtilities->new(-eutil => 'esummary',
                                                -file => 'summary.xml');
         # can also use '-response' (for HTTP::Response objects) or '-fh' (for filehandles)

         while (my $docsum = $esum->next_DocSum) {
             my $id = $docsum->get_ids;  # EUtilDataI compliant method, returns docsum ID
             my @names = $docsum->get_item_names;


       This class handles data output (XML) from esummary.

       esummary retrieves information in the form of document summaries (docsums) when passed a
       list of primary IDs or if using a previous search history.

       This module breaks down the returned data from esummary into individual document summaries
       per ID (using a DocSum object). As the data in a docsum can be nested, subclasses of
       DocSums (Item, ListItem, Structure) are also present.

       Further documentation for Link and Field subclass methods is included below.


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       The rest of the documentation details each of the object methods. Internal methods are
       usually preceded with a _

        Title    : to_string
        Usage    : $foo->to_string()
        Function : converts current object to string
        Returns  : none
        Args     : (optional) simple data for text formatting
        Note     : Used generally for debugging and for the print_* methods