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A reader of any periodical does well first to scan the table of contents, to spot articles that may hold special interest for him. This is all the more important for physician-readers who receive so much to read and have so little time to do it.
Science, one of the giants of scientific journalism, is read by many physicians principally for its letters, editorials, articles, and news and comment. Yet, if the physician-reader scans the contents of "reports," he will sometimes find messages of immense interest. Witness the item by Pirkle and Carstens (185:1062-1064, 1974) describing the pathologic findings in six patients who died suddenly as a result of blockade of small pulmonary arteries and arterioles by platelet aggregates.
Scanning the table of contents of reports in the Dec 13, 1974, issue gave the impression that several reports would yield matters of important clinical value. Alas, they did not. They
Hussey HH. Scan the Contents. JAMA. 1975;231(7):739. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03240190043019