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The Subject Pyramid
Articles in the New Handbook of Texas are arranged alphabetically with each article heading in boldface type. The entry titles for biographical articles and battles are inverted. In addition, our approach to broad subjects suggested a three-tiered pyramid. At the top, a general essay on a major topic such as HEALTH AND MEDICINE provides an overview of the subject and refers the reader to more specific, related articles such as EPIDEMIC DISEASES, MEDICAL EDUCATION, and MEDICAL RESEARCH. In the next tier, the "mid-level" entry on medical education, for example, provides increased detail on the historical development of medical schools in Texas and leads the reader to third-level entries on specific schools, hospitals, doctors, organizations, and events. This pyramidal structure works in reverse fashion as well; internal cross- references lead readers from individual entries to related articles at a more general level.