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BEGINNING with the July 1950 issue, the Archives will institute a new department—Annual Reviews—and will eliminate the abstracts from Current Literature. The coverage of abstracts in ophthalmology in the English language is now more than adequate, both in this country and abroad. Section XII of Excerpta medica and Ophthalmic Literature, both relatively recent publications, extend further the excellent coverage of the field by the American Journal of Ophthalmology. It has seemed advisable, therefore, to the Editorial Board of the Archives to eliminate duplication and to use the space, which is now fast becoming a scarce commodity, for other valuable material.
The colossal growth of all phases of ophthalmology during the last twenty years in both the clinical and the experimental field makes it impossible for the reader to keep abreast of the times without some process of condensation. The menstruum in which the potent principles are offered is of such