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Most governmental documents, particularly the reports of government bureaus, are dry and uninteresting contributions of statistical material. The Smithsonian Institution is an exception. It provides the usual material included in government reports but the general appendix includes lectures and essays by workers in the institution which are worthy of record and study. For instance, the report for 1930 includes an essay entitled "Beyond the Red in the Spectrum," another on the modern sun cult, one on the autogiro; another on gliding, several reports on the weather, one on man and insects, another on general entomology, and many on biologic topics. There are also discussions on anthropology and ethnology. The material is beautifully printed, fully and handsomely illustrated, and well worthy of permanent record.
Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution for the Year Ending June 30, 1930. (Publication 3077). JAMA. 1932;98(10):843. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730360065040
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