The recent editorial on authorship and publication matters among various problems of authorship addresses the question of escalating author counts in academic journals. The editorial indicates that between 1970 and 2010, the number of articles with 6 to 10 authors increased more than tenfold, and that multiauthorship (more than 10 authors) is now common, especially in major medical journals. This phenomenon may reflect author inflation. I wondered whether the escalating author count is also common among anesthesia publications.

The recently published article identified the most influential original clinical articles that fomented important developments in anesthesiology over the past 50 yr. Forty-five such studies (introducing a new drug or a new technique) were identified; 21 of them were published in 1965 to 1984, the other 24 during 1985 to 2007. Table 1 compares the author counts of these two groups and shows that the articles published two decades...

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