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It is a slack day in the editorial office if less than a dozen books are received for review. In most cases, they can be readily classified, using a 1, 2, 3 grading system. In the first category (selected) are the books that I reserve for review or to excerpt the essentials for an editorial. An example is the discussion of "The Health of the Presidents," (p. 324) in this issue. Books in the second category (excellent) either are reviewed by a member of the staff or are sent to a consultant on the book review panel, composed of more than 400 physicians or medical scientists in this country. Not every book in the "excellent" category is reviewed. Sometimes limitation of space or procrastination by the reviewer is responsible. A portion of the books consigned to the third category are reprint editions or revisions and, though usually excellent, are listed
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