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January 30, 1960


JAMA. 1960;172(5):456. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020050048016

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Where should the physician forage for the latest information on what is new in medicine? Frequently the editor of a conservative medical journal is overwhelmed with indecision about accepting a manuscript prematurely, and running the risk of indiscretion, or waiting until all of the evidence is at hand, at which time the reading public, including the physician, is well informed. Somewhere in the land of perplexity there must be a cay of compromise so that the physician will not be forced to rely on the medicine section of Tempo or Wochenblatt to learn the latest.

Several devices have been suggested to alter the present unsatisfactory situation. Two of these have been discussed at sufficient length to warrant mention. The Journal will be receptive to manuscripts known in laboratory parlance as preliminary communications. These must be short in length and clear in presentation of a single fact or a group of

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