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Article from Ars Technica, discussing the move to digital archiving.  Personally, I would love it if people would stop sending me dead trees and just give me an option for online subscriptions for my journals…

Last week, the head of the US branch of Oxford University Press noted an event that was striking, if unsurprising. When grading an assigned paper, a Columbia University professor found that the majority of his students had cited an obscure work of literary criticism that was roughly a century old. The reason? Because the work was in Google Book Search, while much other (more recent) work was not.

The relative invisibility of offline information has an impact on almost all areas of life, but it’s felt especially acutely in the academic world, where work builds on the existing body of knowledge. Getting all of that dead-tree information onto the Internet (or into archives like J-Stor) would be of tremendous utility to scholars and students, but convenience isn’t the only reason for digital distribution of academic work. A recent decision by a prominent academic publisher to switch to digital-only distribution was apparently motivated by simple economics: print no longer made financial sense.

via Science moves from the stacks to the Web; print too pricey – Ars Technica.

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One of the best articles I’ve read in a while:

Providing health care is like building a house. The task requires experts, expensive equipment and materials, and a huge amount of coördination. Imagine that, instead of paying a contractor to pull a team together and keep them on track, you paid an electrician for every outlet he recommends, a plumber for every faucet, and a carpenter for every cabinet. Would you be surprised if you got a house with a thousand outlets, faucets, and cabinets, at three times the cost you expected, and the whole thing fell apart a couple of years later? Getting the country’s best electrician on the job (he trained at Harvard, somebody tells you) isn’t going to solve this problem. Nor will changing the person who writes him the check.

via Annals of Medicine: The Cost Conundrum: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker.

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From our good friends over at Medgadget, the Wellcome (not a misspelling) Collection is being opened in a new Museum in London:

“The City of London is now featuring a new museum, thanks to Sir Henry Wellcome, a pharmacist and philanthropist, whose collection became the foundation for a new permanent museum of medical artifacts, arts and memorabilia. On display at the £30 million exhibit are three contemporary galleries, together with the world-famous Wellcome Library, a public events forum, cafe, bookshop, conference center and members’ club.”

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Just a link for now: an article going over medical history and the advances in medicine during wartime.

“From Thermopylae to Baghdad, from the Gallic wars to Vietnam, war has proved an exacting but efficient schoolmaster for physicians. Hippocrates wrote, “He who would become a surgeon should join an army and follow it.”

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