By William Steere
A 50th birthday is an efficient one to celebrate-old adequate to be ex perienced and mature, yet no longer so outdated as to be an vintage. And if the fifty years have spanned as a lot swap in clinical affairs as has happened in the course of the life of organic Abstracts it truly is without doubt time for a stocktaking. The leaders of biology in 1926 easily couldn't have imagined the condi tions of 1976. And few biologists energetic in 1976 can think what 1926 used to be like. That used to be earlier than the explosive progress of federal money for examine and improvement, prior to the large swelling of graduate enrollments and levels, prior to international struggle II, even earlier than the good melancholy! a number of old-timers can take into accout 1926, and invoice Steere will forgive me for calling him an old-timer. in spite of everything, he offers the proof himself; as a graduate pupil he met the 1st editor whilst organic Abstracts used to be basically 3 years previous, and he has recognized all its later editors and administra tive officials. What he doesn't say is that tn size of provider to BIOSIS, in seniority, he stands between just a couple of prior and current contributors of the board of trustees; nor does he point out that no less than as often as the other biologist he has been referred to as upon to serve on governmental and associational councils and committees facing coverage and approach about the abstracting, type, and dissemination of medical wisdom. absolutely he used to be the suitable option to write this history.
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L. A. Rou 'D. Am. J. Pub. Health, 1916,6,6 6-693. The author found the total number of bacteria in the hell liquor to be greater than th number washed from the bodies of the oysters. More B. coli were, however, found in th washings of the body, being concentrated on the mucus surrounding the body. -D. G. 136. The Handling of hucked Oysters. 1916, 6, 987-990. '. BATES. Am. J. Pub. l shipments on a commercial cale. The result in g n ral how nn mcre e in the numbers of bact ria. -D. G. 196. ~. '. BATES A ·D L.
R. Schramm was appointed chairman of this committee, with power to select other members. It was suggested to the committee that it limit its lists largely to plant literature, although the matter of including abstracts of zoological literature in Botanical Abstracts would be left to the discretion of the several section editors. With this relatively slim official record, yet one which speaks eloquently of much prior planning, organization, and coopera tive thought, Botanical Abstracts was finally-and surprisingly expeditiouslylaunched.
Simmons for having taken up the works and carried them to a successful completion. In the minutes of the 1926 annual meeting, held in Philadelphia, we find a further pertinent resolution: HISTORICAL ORIGINS 39 Resolved, that this Society extend to the Williams and Wilkins Company, Publishers, its heartiest thanks and appreciation for its unwavering interest in the Society's welfare, and for the generous manner in which it relieved the Society of all financial obligations connected with the discontinuance of Bacteriological Abstracts.
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