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A 50th birthday is an efficient one to celebrate-old adequate to be ex­ perienced and mature, yet no longer so previous as to be an old. And if the fifty years have spanned as a lot switch in clinical affairs as has happened through the life of organic Abstracts it really is definitely 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 was once like. That used to be ahead of the explosive progress of federal cash for learn and improvement, sooner than the large swelling of graduate enrollments and levels, ahead of global conflict II, even ahead of the good melancholy! a number of old-timers can keep in mind 1926, and invoice Steere will forgive me for calling him an old-timer. in the end, he offers the proof himself; as a graduate pupil he met the 1st editor while organic Abstracts was once in basic terms 3 years previous, and he has identified 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 earlier and current contributors of the board of trustees; nor does he point out that a minimum of 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 method about the abstracting, type, and dissemination of medical wisdom. definitely he was once the precise option to write this history.

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L. Shear, 2); Paleontological Society of America (E. W. Berry, 4; F. H. Knowlton, 2); Society of American Foresters 0. S. Illick, 4; Barrington Moore, 2). At its meeting, the board voted (by ballot) to elect Donald Reddick as chairman of the board of control of Botanical Abstracts and J. R. Schramm as secretary. It was further voted that an executive committee of five, including the chairman, be named by the chair, in consultation with the secretary: Drs. Harper, Livingston, Nichols, and Shear were named.

Harper, Livingston, Nichols, and Shear were named. It was also voted that retiring members of the board of control would not be eligible for immediate reelection, and that the executive committee would function as a committee on policy and make recommendations to the board of control prior to the annual meetings-as well as to attend to all interim business not involving change of policy. Further, the executive committee was given several instructions: "(1) To incorporate the Board of Control of Botanical Abstracts; (2) to close a five-year printing and publishing contract with the Williams and Wilkins Co.

1152. ' e L. H. VAN The variou phase of water analy i ,a it relates to the public nnd analy t are mentioned. Append d to the paper are di cu. -F. W. T. FOOD BACTERIOLOGY ( ee Number, 48,49,51,57) 194. Comparative Bacteriological Examinations of hell Liquor and MeaLs of Oysters. 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.

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