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July 1965

Progress in Hematology: IV.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(1):153-154. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870010155026

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This book gives further testimony, if such be needed, to the insolubility of the problem of "publication explosion." Lange and Pavlovic-Kentera in their opening paragraph make the following statement: "Erythropoietin, which stimulates the formation of red blood cells, has been the subject of numerous editorials (three), reviews (twenty-three), sections of book (three), and finally entire books (three)." Perusal of the bibliography reveals that these 32 works were written between 1959 and 1963. If this reflects the state of affairs in other fields, and by and large it does, then it is obvious that no solution short of a complete moratorium on reviews will afford much relief to the reading public. Perhaps some day there will be a rule, written or unwritten, that review articles will not appear too frequently. Unfortunately the "Committee to Determine the Frequency with which Review Articles are to be Written" may decide that in actively productive

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