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August 1969

Yearbook of Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;124(2):247-248. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300180119019

It is spring and the "yearbooks" are in full-bloom.

In "Medicine" the familiar format is retained: pithy abstracts of articles carefully harvested from the sea of international medical literature. As usual the spice of the yearbook resides in the sotto vocé comments by the editors—in small print after certain more provocative contributions.

Chief editor David E. Rogers, MD, plays this game with erudition and wit in his section on "Infectious Diseases." (Sample: "... macrophages which have ingested damaged [sickled] red cells have lost their enthusiasm for ingestion and killing bacteria. Well fed humans, animals or macrophages seem to view an additional meal in similar fashion!)

It may be a foolish exercise to attempt to "highlight the highlights," but it might be fun. I was attracted by the exciting work on EB virus isolation in infectious mononucleosis; disseminated intravascular coagulation in fulminant meningococcemia; transferable resistance (R factors) to antibiotics by bacteria;

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