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JAMA 100 Years Ago
November 8, 2000


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JenniferReiling, Editorial Assistant

JAMA. 2000;284(18):2299. doi:10.1001/jama.284.18.2299

Excellent public libraries are springing up in our thriving smaller cities of 20,000 to 50,000 and more inhabitants. These libraries are partly the result of endowment by wealthy and public-spirited persons, partly of wise appropriations by the municipality. And smaller libraries are being established quite generally in cities of less size as well as in villages. While the larger centers are rapidly acquiring good medical libraries, thanks largely to concerted action by interested persons in the medical profession, little or nothing has been done as yet toward securing library facilities of a medical character for smaller cities and the territory naturally tributary to them. There is unquestionably good room here for undertakings of this kind. There is no need for argument in favor of the value of medical libraries within the convenient reach of physicians, whether in the city or in the country. One of the reasons for the reluctance of the young physician to leave the larger cities is the absence elsewhere of medical libraries.

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