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August 14, 1943

THE ARMY MEDICAL LIBRARYITS HISTORY AND ITS FUTURE OBLIGATIONS

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MEDICAL CORPS, UNITED STATES ARMY Librarian, Army Medical Library

JAMA. 1943;122(16):1074-1079. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.72840330005006
Abstract

THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS  Seven years ago the Army Medical Library celebrated its one hundredth anniversary in the building into which it moved in 1887 and which it still occupies. It had been in existence ever since the Florida war; it was a feeble infant in the Mexican struggle, a mere child in the Civil War and lived at all only because John Shaw Billings put the breath of life into it about 1868, when it boasted no doubt of its five thousand volumes. It became great in the succeeding decades, but it has had its ups and downs ever since. It produced, besides Billings, Garrison and Fletcher, neither of the latter two ever to be the librarian, and it has had some fourteen military librarians who held office from a week to nine years, the longest tenure since Billings' time. Most of the librarians, I suppose, have left some

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