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September 1978

Publish and Relish

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association 535 N Dearborn St Chicago, IL 60610

Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(9):1336. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630340010007

One of the first to sound the alarm for the "information explosion" in medical publications, Theodore Fox proposed that medical journals be divided into two typesthe archive and the newspaper.1 The former would serve as the repository for original investigations. It would establish priority claims and provide information on demand for those who seek it. The medical newspaper would function as a source of news, a forum for expression of opinion, and an outlet for articles of a philosophical, literary, or purely entertaining nature.

Had the proposed splitting of medical journals caught on, we would now be hard put to choose the appropriate journal type for a recent communication by Durack.2 The article is both an original study and an entertaining spoof.

Realizing that it is impossible to measure metaphorical explosions and that it is much too tedious to count pages, this investigator resorted to an ingenious method of