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Infectious Diseases:  Annual Review of Significant Publications

HOBART A. REIMANN, M.D.
AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;104(1):108-151. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270070110014.
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The first of these reviews, in 1935, dealt with 115 publications regarded as significant for citation. During the 1940's, the number exceeded 200, and in this issue there are 412. The progressive increase depended on several factors. For one, as in respect to insulin and diabetes, new remedies raised more problems than they solved. Others were the rise of virology owing to technical improvements in serologic, microscopic, and cultural procedures, the medical exigencies of two wars, increased financial aid from governmental sources and public money-raising campaigns for research, with the resultant increment of investigators and their publications. The resurgence of scientific endeavor in wartorn countries, especially Russia, added to literature subject to review. Interest in special fields shifted, as expected. Pneumococcal pneumonia, of importance before 1940, almost ceased to be a problem. Tuberculosis and the parasitoses, scarcely mentioned in early reviews, now are the objects of enough attention to justify

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