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To the Editor:
—In The Journal, July 1, p. 39, your editorial writer indulges in certain comments on the Index Catalogue and the Index Medicus which seem to be conceived in a spirit propter invidiam, inasmuch as these publications seem to be regarded as commercial competitors of the Quarterly Cumulative Index issued by the Association. Without wishing to criticize this publication, which undoubtedly has its proper use and value, it should be obvious that the Index Catalogue and Index Medicus do not and have never entered into competition with any publications or bibliographic compilations whatever, and it seems strange that any new publication of the kind specified should be pitted against them, as the Index Catalogue is a government publication and the Index Medicus is published by a scientific institution.The Index Catalogue and the Index Medicus were originally designed as complete bibliographies of the literature of medicine through the
Garrison FH. The Index Catalogue and Index Medicus. JAMA. 1916;LXVII(4):307. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590040061020