JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.
The medical library movement is assuming promising proportions in this country. In almost every city of fifty thousand inhabitants and in a number of even less population some such project is being vigorously pushed. Certain side issues in the matter seem worthy of having attention directed to them. Not only are books relating to medicine sure to be of interest to the next generation but all books relating to medical affairs of any kind especially to physicians themselves, and all books written by physicians, though on non-medical topics, can scarcely fail to be of interest. As a matter of fact, while old editions of text-books have only exceptionally any interest after a revised edition has been issued, these other books maintain their value from the historical standpoint. In this respect, it is well to remember the change that has come over the attitude of librarians and book collectors with regard to advertisements of all kinds. Many of the old magazines, stored on shelves of general libraries, would be of increased value if they contained advertisements which originally appeared in them, but which were removed by the binders.
THE BORDERLAND IN MEDICAL LIBRARIES.. JAMA. 2007;297(12):1384. doi:10.1001/jama.297.12.1384