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Among the more prevalent, if not popular, mischiefs for readers and reviewers alike is the "book of proceedings" containing a series of papers, reports, and commentaries presumably devoted to a comprehensive attack on a single subject. As the editor of recent compilation on medicolegal matters, I am personally aware of the difficulty of selection, organization, and interpretation—as well as the likelihood of some annoyance on the part of those who look for an extensive discussion of a point of special interest, only to be ushered into a new essay by another author whose views may not be related. In short, the smorgasbord may achieve distinction with one or two dishes but may be deceptive or disappointing as a full meal. Yet, if publishers are right, the scientific and technical reader seems to enjoy the experience of savoring and flavoring, and more and more compilations and compendia come from the presses.
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