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We venture to say that all who saw the Annual as it appeared in 1888 were on the lookout for its reappearance this year; but there are many whose knowledge of this magnificent undertaking will date with this present issue, and to those a mere examination of the work will suffice to show that it fills a legitimate place in the evolution of knowledge, for it does what no single individual is capable of doing. It aims to preserve the useful and discard the useless in all the multiple branches of medical science. Its function is selective, developed of necessity, by the superabundant medical literature of the day. We feel that a work of this class will grow in usefulness with each succeeding annual issue.
These volumes make readily available to the busy practitioner the best fruits of medical progress for the year, selected by able editors from the current
Annual of the Universal Medical Sciences. JAMA. 1889;XIII(25):900–901. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.04440070034015
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