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A review book should offer the reader a survey of pertinent developments in a field of information within a specific interval. It should provide either a readily accessible synopsis of significant advances or summaries of pertinent journal publications, possibly with interpretive editorial notes. The topics reviewed should include all the areas of possible concern to the reader in which there is an advance to be reported. Indexing is crucial: the reader should be able to pinpoint data in any area quickly. For the more leisurely reader, it is helpful to have topics thoughtfully arranged in a table of contents. An index of authors represented in the volume is helpful. Most of all, the publication should be timely; allowing for production time, a lag of about two years seems to be the standard of the most prominent publisher of yearbooks, Year Book Medical Publishers.
Unfortunately, this volume fulfills few of these
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