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March 1958

Charts, Lantern Slides, and Comments

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn.

AMA Arch Derm. 1958;77(3):299-303. doi:10.1001/archderm.1958.01560030045007

Our part of this Round Table Panel deals with charts, lantern slides, and that general, all-inclusive subject, comments. The word "comments," presumably, means that we must touch on those principles of medical writing and exposition that the previous speakers have neglected or have not had time to mention.

It is not easy to lay down rules concerning this subject—everyone has his special likes and dislikes. What we have to say may not agree with what the previous speakers have said or even with what you feel to be true and correct.


A chart is a means of giving visual expression to statements or facts. It may give information in graphic or tabular form. Its purpose is to permit the reader to see at a glance the salient facts and features which the author wishes to express. Consequently, if the chart is so large and contains so many data that

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