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In The Journal of the American Medical Association of April 13, the second paper among the original contributions consisted of a quarter of a page—to be exact, twenty-eight lines of one column. It was a valuable paper. It covered the incidence of syphilis among prisoners at the California state prison at San Quentin, and gave the results of the examination of 10,000 patients for this disease.
Attention is called to it as an illustration of the fact that papers that cover what the author has to say and then stop may be important communications, no matter how short. Most papers are written to consider one definite point or, perhaps, one point and its collateral facts, and such papers are apt to be the most valuable. Certainly they are the most likely to be read and to be found, if the titles are good, when one is looking over the literature
SHORT MEDICAL PAPERS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;19(6):968. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.02380240103010
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