To The Editor:
In his Editorial in the Orthopaedic Forum, "Subspecialization in Orthopaedics. Has It Been All for the Better?" (2003;85:369-73), Dr. Sarmiento grumbles that there are too many orthopaedic subspecialty journals and that too many residents seek fellowship training. He complains about the increasing number of orthopaedic specialty societies and states: "No longer are these societies built around broad bodies of knowledge, but, rather, they are limited to smaller and smaller areas of interest."
Increasing subspecialization is seen in every field of science. Not only are there journals devoted to cell biology, there are journals devoted to cell science, cellular biochemistry, and cellular physiology. There is a journal entitled Gene and others entitled Gene Function and Disease, Gene Therapy, Gene Therapy Weekly, Genes and Development, Genes and Immunity, Gene Chromosomes and Cancer, Genes to Cells, Genetic Epidemiology, Genetic Testing, etc., etc.
Should we halt publication of these extraneous journals? Dr. Sarmiento notes: "It is unfortunate that the proliferation of subspecialty journals has reached a degree that has probably done some harm." Does he sincerely believe this explosion in information has been detrimental to people working in the health sciences? Is research increasing because scientists are focusing on "smaller and smaller areas of interest"?
I don't think so. My guess is that there is …
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