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Oscar D. Ratnoff, MD
JAMA. 1966;196(1):83-85. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100140137038.
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About 15 years ago, the volume of research into problems of hemostasis, thrombosis, and fibrinolysis increased precipitously. A natural consequence has been the appearance of at least two journals devoted exclusively to these subjects. Thrombosis et Diathesis Haemorrhagica is the more useful of the two, but would be even more helpful were its editorial policy stricter, for many of its articles seem to be uncritical.

A second consequence of the increased rate of research has been the publication of innumerable monographs, reviews, and published proceedings of conferences without end. The urge to expound one's point of view, a disorder shared by this reviewer, is apparently uncontrollable. On my bookshelf are over 40 volumes devoted to this area published since 1960. I doubt that anyone can properly assimilate and digest the yards of words. Fortunately, much of the writing is reiterative. The Constant Reader often has the comfortable feeling which comes


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