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July 19, 1924


Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C. Chairman, Division of Medical Sciences, National Research Council.

JAMA. 1924;83(3):212. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660030050029

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To the Editor:  —Some of the fundamental scientific journals require that each article published be accompanied with a brief abstract, which has proved very useful to readers in general, as well as to various abstracting journals. A step in this direction is the requirement of a summary at the close of each article. Recognizing the advantage of some such requirement, the Division of Medical Sciences of the National Research Council authorized a committee (Dr. D. R. Hooker, chairman) to call the matter to the attention of all the medical journals, and to gather information as to the desirability of such a requirement. A questionnaire was therefore sent recently to the editors of all the American journals (about ninety) on the list reviewed in the section on "Current Medical Literature" of The Journal of the American Medical Association. Forty-seven replies were received. Only five of these now publish separate abstracts, and

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