HERE IS what the editors would like for Christmas—and, indeed, for the whole new year.
They would like to receive a reasonable number of topflight new manuscripts—perhaps 250—from which they could make their choice, containing from 800 to 4,000 words each, decently typed with double or triple spacing (including the case reports, footnotes and references) on a typewriter with a fresh ribbon. They would like to have the references limited to those of real significance, following accurately the style of the Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus. (The only impression that inflated "bibliographies" make is a bad one.)
Needless to say, perhaps, any paper that is fit to be published is written in as good English as the author can muster and is then rewritten at least twice, with a number of words discarded at each writing; for anything that is worth saying at all is usually said twice as well
GARLAND J. JINGLE BELLS. AMA Arch Surg. 1952;65(2):215–216. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1952.01260020228004