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November 1, 2003

Too Many Journals, Societies, and Meetings?

Arch Surg. 2003;138(11):1233-1234. doi:10.1001/archsurg.138.11.1233

NEW JOURNALS, new societies, more meetings—do we need them all?" asks Dr Arthur Baue.1 "Who can do it all?" he complains, the prolific writer of a few hundred papers, editor of multiple books—some still to be published—former editor of a leading journal, member (often honorary or founding) of more than 50 professional societies, distinguished professor of surgery, previous chair of departments in ivory towers, admired teacher and mentor, and much-loved colleague. Writing from his semiretirement offshore on Fishers Island, Dr Baue sounds like a passionate lover who, toward the autumn of his career, after enjoying himself, comes to the conclusion that celibacy may be the way to go. Clearly, Dr Baue has benefited from, enjoyed, and contributed to (and still does) all the excesses he is critiquing now. He presents to us an elitist view, which I hope the editor of ARCHIVES, who previously expressed a subtler version of similar sentiments,2 will permit me to rebut.

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