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Covers of scientific journals serve to identify the publication and protect the contents. In addition, they may entertain or inform. Many covers carry simply the title of the journal, the issue, and the publisher. Some identify the editors, editorial board, or associated organizations or provide highlights or titles of featured articles, reviews, or symposia. A number of old and established publications—including Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, and Circulation—print part or all of the table of contents on the cover. There is much to be said for this practice. It is a nononsense approach that gets on with the business of the publication: scientific communication. The reader is provided with instant information, and the articles must attract the reader on their own rather than through a leadin provided, for example, by a reprint of the frontispiece of Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica or other historic prints or art
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