The number of medical communications and the number of journals in which they appear increases year by year. No one person or small group of persons could possibly read this voluminous literature and condense it for digestion by the average medical practitioner. Many compendia and abstract services are available which attempt to help the conscientious physician in this dilemma—none being entirely satisfactory. The Year Books probably solve the difficulty better than any of the others.
In the latest "Year Book of Medicine" a group of carefully chosen editors makes a good selection from the periodical medical literature of 1953 and first part of 1954. It is unlikely that any important development in a subject of major importance is neglected. The papers reported are well condensed but, for the most part, not diluted. Comments by the editors are pertinent and helpful. For the internist trying to keep up with new developments