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Proceedings of symposia and post-graduate courses have been appearing with increasing frequency in book form as medical monographs. Such publications vary in subject matter, ranging from broad advances to narrow topics.
Quality varies widely and more often than not it tends to be low. Many use a familiar format: several "big name" speakers rehash their previously reported, well-known contributions; interspersed between them are less well-known speakers. The former tend to submit brief summaries for the monograph; the latter write lengthy articles.
Since participation in a course often is contingent on preparation of a manuscript for publication, some popular speakers have to write on the same subject several times to be published in competing monographs. The question of why a physician should want to read the proceedings of a course that he was unable to attend in person is often asked. Evidently enough do, for such monographs continue to be published.
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