If Hera, the jealous wife of Zeus, had really wished to foil any plans Hercules had for immortality, she would have assigned him a 13th labor: that of compressing the miles of medical literature into a neat 11/4 inches. Hercules would have failed, of course, but only because he would not have had the able assistance of Milton J. Chatton, MD, and Paul J. Sanazaro, MD, and their 31 collaborators.
But the trim little (4 × 7 × 11/4 inches) Current Medical References, just issued in its fourth edition, is more than simply a portable Cumulated Index Medicus. It is an annotated reference work with just enough comment on each of the entries to enable the beleaguered clinician to spread his reading time wisely. The editors are the first to note that the book is not to be considered a definitive collection of "all the best," but that it is