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January 27, 1917

A Standard Size for Medical Books

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(4):304. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270010304021

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To the Editor:  —I am writing to make a suggestion in regard to the size of medical books. The first thing one notices on going into a lawyer's office is the uniform size of the books on his shelves. The first thing one notices on going into a physician's office is the jumbled up appearance of his books, owing to the fact that nearly all of them are of different heights and widths. I believe that the American Medical Association should take the lead and start a movement to have a standard established for the height and width of all medical books. They should be of one height and width, but may be thick or thin as necessary. This would give us a library which would make a decent appearance and would save our friends the bother of asking us, after looking at our books, whether we are moving in

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