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JAMA 100 Years Ago
May 28, 2008


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2008;299(20):2453. doi:10.1001/jama.299.20.2453-a

Our dependence on German literature for information as to the progress of medical science and of the related sciences we must frankly admit to be due in large part to the superiority in both quantity and quality of German work in these branches. There is, however, another element that must be taken into consideration, and that is the influence of that peculiarly German and highly commendable institution, the Zentralblatt. Germany is filled with young scientists of every description, penuriously awaiting the advancement that will bring both professional and financial standing, and which in that land comes almost solely as the reward of a scientific investigation; these young scientists are readily enrolled in the work of abstracting the literature of their specialties, a task which brings not only desirable familiarity with the literature, and an introduction to their fellow scientists since the abstracts are usually signed, but also a modest amount of very useful Marks and Kronen. As a consequence, it has been possible in Germany to produce numerous Zentralblätter which are to a considerable extent supported by the subscriptions that come from other lands.