The Future Medical Journal

J. H. Mackay
JAMA. 1912;LIX(6):462-463. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080144032.
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To the Editor:  Vita brevis, ars longa, and the disparity is constantly widening until time has become the most valuable factor in our undertakings. To adjust art to life, that is, to give the maximum of efficient, applicable instruction in the minimum quotient is the supreme desideratum to-day of all informatory literature. Preeminently does this apply to medical literature. To the general practitioner, whose work comprehends every angle of the circle of medicine, the task of keeping informed is an appalling one, and a crisis is before him. manifestly the adjustment, or reformation, must come through the transformation of the medical journal. It must be condensed. It must be authoritative, abjuring theories and stating proved facts. Its nomenclature must be simplified, its terminology uniform. If these conditions are not met speedily the aspirations of high-class journals will be subverted and they will be supplanted by an inferior class. In


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