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April 1956

SOME MUSINGS ON REVIEWING MEDICAL BOOKS

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(4):497-501. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250220117011
Abstract

The images of men's wits and knowledges remain in books, exempted from the wrong of time and capable of perpetual renovation. Neither are they fitly to be called images, because they generate still, and cast their seeds in the minds of others, provoking and causing infinite actions and opinions in succeeding ages. So that if the invention of the ship was thought so noble, which carrieth riches and commodities from place to place,... how much more are letters to be magnified, which as ships pass through the vast seas of time, and make ages so distant to participate of the wisdom, illuminations, and inventions, the one of the other?

RECENTLY I accepted the chore of being Book Review Editor for the A. M. A. Archives of Internal Medicine. This was the result of no mere whim. It came after a long but intermittent contemplation of the state of book reviewing

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