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March 2, 1957

The Guinness Book of Superlatives

JAMA. 1957;163(9):793. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970440089029

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A British brewing company has compiled this unusual and entertaining collection of miscellaneous facts, superlatives in almost every field of knowledge: the oldest, youngest, largest, smallest, etc. The arrangement is by subject. A good index and excellent illustrations add to the usefulness of the book. It seems a good item for pick-up reading (as in a physician's waiting-room) and can be recommended as a quick-reference tool for any librarian's desk. The accuracy of some of the medical and technical items was checked and showed that they are correct as well as up-to-date. Statistics for 1956 are included.

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