The Weight of Medical Knowledge: Still Gaining

Diane J. Madlon-Kay

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Abstract

To the Editor: In 1978, Durack reported his attempts to measure objectively the increasing amount of literature generated by medical scientists.* He weighed the Index Medicus for the years from 1879 through 1977 and discovered an exponential increase beginning in 1946. He calculated that if the rate of increase were to continue unabated, the Cumulated Index Medicus for 1985 would weigh approximately 1000 kg (more than 200 volumes). This letter documents the actual weights of the Cumulated Index Medicus since Dr. Durack's alarming report. The volumes of the Cumulated Index Medicus for the years 1978 through 1988 were weighed, year…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume321
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 28 1989

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