In domestic and world practice to many encyclopedic editions additional volumes — Year-books are issued in parallel with issue of the next volumes or in an interval between editions of the encyclopedia of the same name. For the prevention of aging of the edition are published in them or additions to articles of the appeared encyclopedia (at the parallel edition — the left volumes), or reviews of the major changes on the leading problems of subject of the encyclopedia which happened for the expired year.
Year-books of BME were issued the Main editorial office BME according to the decision of Presidium of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences as addition to the 2nd prod. BME. Management of the edition was performed of editorial board of BME (hl. editor academician B. V. Petrovsky), from structure the cut was appointed the editor-in-chief — the academician V. V. Larin. In staff of the Main editorial office BME special edition led by A. P. Popov was created. In total 3 volumes of Year-books of BME were released (1968, 1969, 1970), their edition was stopped in connection with release of the 3rd prod. BME. Each volume of the Year-book of BME consisted of two sections. In the first articles and reviews on a number of questions theoretical and the wedge, medicine serving as if as addition to articles printed in 36 volumes of the 2nd prod. were located. BME. Many of articles of Year-books (especially in the 3rd volume) had independent value. — help — the section data on congresses, the congresses, on Lenin and Nobel Prizes on medicine, news of health care, the biographic information about newly elected academicians and corresponding members of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences were published in the second.
For the 3rd prod. BME the decision on the publication of additions to articles of earlier left volumes in the 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and one of the last volumes of the edition is made.