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This is the basic reference work for all individuals and institutions with any level of interest in the history of medicine. The fifth edition, the first edited in the United States, contains 14% more entries and 24% more pages than its immediate predecessor, which appeared in 1983.
"... changes include the finding of several earlier editions of landmark reports and descriptions..."
Morton's is arranged by subject and lists chronologically the books and articles important to the development of each. Many of these entries are annotated, so the book is an educational tool as well as a selective bibliography. The content of the annotations varies, but a typical one will give the reason for the publication's importance, a bit about the author, and, if the original is in a foreign language, a reference to an English translation. This last aspect is one in which the fifth edition has greatly expanded over the
Beatty WK. Morton's Medical Bibliography: An Annotated Check-List of Texts Illustrating the History of Medicine (Garrison and Morton). JAMA. 1992;267(12):1682. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480120122050