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To the Editor:
—There should be uniformity in the size. shape and arrangement of printed data that the physician may wish to preserve, conveniently file and promptly refer to. This should include (a) reprints of papers and (b) advertising data describing objects that deserve preservation and prompt reference.The object of collectanea is convenience for filing and for reference. I have previously made recommendations to advertisers that they adopt a suitable system whereby descriptive matter, memoranda, etc., could be readily filed. One measure has been extensively adopted, viz., index filing cards of a standard size, 3 by 5, also small, closely printed circulars or descriptive booklets of the same size and containing several pages of outline. The fact is that many physicians now use index filing systems, kept in the drawer of a desk for short case notes, and another for other data. Inquiry and experience teaches me that this
Taylor JM. NEED OF UNIFORMITY IN SHAPE AND SIZE OF PROFESSIONAL REPRINTS AND ADVERTISED OBJECTS. JAMA. 1920;74(8):543. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620080045024