Excerpt from Interstate Medical Journal, Vol. 15: January-December, 1908
A review of the immense amount of original literature produced by the prolific writers of this rapid age is entirely beyond the capabilities of any one man. To keep familiar with only the best work done in any one line taxes the limited time devoted entirely to this task of those men restricting themselves to special fields. Yet the absolute necessity of keeping abreast with medical progress is now, more than ever before, appreciated by the entire medical profession. These conditions have produced many publications covering the literature of a given time, in a more or less condensed or abstract form. Year books, issued quarterly or monthly, have attempted to supply the demands for this much de sired knowledge. Up to the present time, however, with the exception of the interstate, no medical journal has undertaken the burden of giving a systematized review of the literature as an annual number of its regular edition. The priority of these review numbers covering every cognate branch of medicine has been undisputed. In 1902 the interstate inaugurated this annual review, and the growing favor with which it has been received since that time, more than compensates for the continued efforts represented by each January number. The present number is the sixth annual review of medical progress issued by the inter state, and with its presentation the following editorial comment may not be amiss.
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