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April 1963

The Summary Moves Forward

Arch Dermatol. 1963;87(4):413-414. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590160005001

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The communication of new and significant information in medicine is becoming an enormous task. In some fields the storage and retrieval of information can only be successful when performed by electronic devices. Good clinical medicine, however, is practiced by sympathetic, knowledgeable, and critical physicians aided by machines. The mind of the doctor, or for that matter the scientist, must still do the greatest part of the data collecting, processing and read-out. Unfortunately, as new significant scientific information increases, an apparently even greater expansion of the trite and trivial or even untrue threatens to obscure the important knowledge needed to make wise and meaningful judgments.

Serious medical journals have the major responsibility of providing physicians with valid information as effectively as possible. The editors must select the most significant contributions from those which are submitted and especially must insure that the material which is published meets the highest standards of knowledge

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