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January 1968

Annual Review of Medicine, vol 18.

Author Affiliations

San Antonio, Tex

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(1):104. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640010106020

The Index Medicus (June 1966) listed 2,804 medical journals. This ever-proliferating sea of words has laid to rest a tired old ghost. "Keeping up with the literature" was an euphemism dear to the heart of every Roundsman. Perhaps ten years ago there were a handful of speed-reading, photographic-minded medical literati who managed to scale that lofty pinnacle. Today it is an illusory ideal. The contemporary clinician does well to keep the three or four journals pertinent to his particular area of interest from gathering too much dust. Most of us have become resigned; some day, some one, some where will publish some thing that is dreadfully important... and we will miss it. The simple mathematics of number of hours in the day versus number of pages published makes "keeping up" a virtual anachronism. It is for this reason that several publishers have taken to producing yearbooks. Editorial boards comprised of

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