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Authors and Editors in the Seventh Decade

Alfred Soffer, MD
JAMA. 1966;195(7):559-560. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100070103028.
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The increase in the number of publications from departmental and interdepartmental teams of investigators within academic centers represents a striking trend in medical literature in this century. Is this phenomenon an editorial vagary or is it related to fundamental changes in medical practice and clinical investigation? Transformations in medical communication can be understood only in the context of dramatic sociological changes which have occurred in this country in the past 60 years. Subdivision of practitioners into numerous specialties became feasible as an agrarian society became an urban-centered civilization and large numbers of physicians gravitated to metropolitan areas. The recent explosion of medical knowledge gave further impetus to specialization, for it became more difficult for the individual to master the burgeoning technical contributions. More and more, practice became a team effort, and the increasing number of clinics testifies to the desire for clinicians to band together to provide comprehensive service. Charles


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