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March 1961

Publication Explosion

Arch Ophthalmol. 1961;65(3):319-320. doi:10.1001/archopht.1961.01840020321001

It has been estimated that the average scientist—and the same may probably be said for the average ophthalmologist—regularly covers 3-4 journals of his professional interest. At least he subscribes to them, looks at the titles, reads some of the articles and for some indeterminate time, keeps them on his desk or at his bedside. The more conscientious ophthalmologist worries that he is not reading as much as he should or subscribing to as many journals as he should. He gets small comfort from the statement1 of Dr. Richard F. Orr, Executive Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Medical Communications, that "At no time in the history of medicine has the gap been wider between what the practicing physician could and should know... and what the average doctor does know..."

Like the public debt, the number of medical articles published is approaching explosive proportions. For the year 1959

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