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March 4, 1961

What Is the Future of Our Medical Literature?

JAMA. 1961;175(9):822. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040090082023

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To the Editor:—  A tremendous increase in useless, un-original, and non-contributing medical literature has been noted recently in this country. If this continues, we will soon need a special evaluating agency which will list papers according to their value and thus save our time. But this is not all!I have recently noticed another ridiculous phenomenon: the exact repetition of a paper with the same (or slightly modified) title and its simultaneous publication in three or more journals of the same specialty discipline. For example, there was a paper recently on "antrectomy and vagotomy" which was published in three different surgical journals, and possibly in some other journal which I just couldn't find the time to consult, at the same time, repeating almost every single word.

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