Five years have passed since the present editor took up his duties. During this time, I have had the pleasure of corresponding with many authors, some doubtlessly displeased by my negativistic actions, others who were delighted to see their cherished work on the printed pages of the Journal. Both have treated me with courtesy, for which I am truly grateful. The acceptance procedure is a delightful task; the rejection process is not to my liking.
I wish that we could have accommodated more articles; yet, we've not done so badly. These five years have seen the publication of more than a thousand manuscripts, close to 300 BOOK REVIEWS, a host of MARGINAL comments, together with a string of features—picture of the month, radiological CASE OF THE MONTH, letTERS from abroad, libri liberis (a series on children's books), reviews, and resident seminars. Research articles have been
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