Day after day The Journal turns to leading practitioners, scientists, and educators for guidance in the selection of manuscripts for publication. The primary objective is to gain for Journal readers the benefits of sound medical reporting in a day when valid observation and clear presentation are vital to the furtherance of modern medicine. The value of this service has become increasingly apparent. When consultants are satisfied and/or enthusiastic about a manuscript, an important step has been taken in final evaluation by the editorial staff. And when the comment is unfavorable, it may signal a critical "second look." Consultants' suggestions are valuable to authors, too, both in the papers under consideration and in future writings for publication. Indeed, authors are most willing to accept these suggestions and, in consequence, their manuscripts usually attain greater stature in revision.
Our experience with Journal consultants recalls the value of discussion in preparation of chapters