This is the first volume on medicine of the Annual Review series. The editors state that their purpose is to review the various fields of medicine regularly and that since some of the various fields scarcely need a yearly review, the more active fields will be reviewed annually, while other sections will be reviewed only every two or three years.
The various authors have taken pains to avoid mere uncritical listings of papers and to make their scope broad and to include their own critical assessments of work discussed. As a result, the articles are highly readable and are informative and effective presentations of medical advances. Lengthy bibliographies are included at the close of the articles.
The list of authors is impressive, with outstanding authorities responsible for each chapter. The plan is to use different authors in each edition, to avoid presenting a single viewpoint.
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