S. O. WAIFE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
"For let there be no mistake about it, this enormous proliferation, this pullulating and fungus-like growth is both a nuisance and a danger." (Hutchinson)1
There seems to be general agreement that medical "literature" has reached a glut of such proportions that unless it is controlled we shall all drown in the flood. Some 16 years ago Sir Robert Hutchinson wrote: "Must we sit still and see science suffocated in its own secretions, or can we do anything to mitigate the evil?"1
The approach to this problem should first involve some quantitative data. From an unofficial estimate by the Armed Forces
WAIFE SO. THE PRESENT PLIGHT OF MEDICAL LITERATURE. Ann Intern Med. ;43:908–912. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-43-4-908
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;43(4):908-912.
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