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May 1964

1962-1963 Year Book of Cardiovascular and Renal Diseases.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):795-796. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110175056

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Each year the publishers of the Year Books produce 16 volumes of abstracts with editorial commentary, covering the various fields of medicine. Properly respecting the rapid place of development in this speciality, the Year Book of Cardiovascular and Renal Diseases is an enlargement of a companion called more simply Medicine, and has the melancholy distinction that the broth is tended by more editors than any other. Unfortunately the magnification of one sixth of medicine reveals greater detail but no clearer pattern. The mills have had to grind so exceeding small that the grist has become too tenuous.

The difficulties of producing an annual review are immense. The enormous output to be sifted, much of it nearly unreadable, the journals familiar and exotic, the language barriers, the strange physiologies and pathologies of some foreign lands, all are formidable obstacles. Yet another barrier exists—the poor communication between disciplines—producing the effect that workers

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