In any library of size the problem of what to do with its rarer and costlier books is usually solved by stowing them either in or out of sight, in show-cases, drawers, cupboards and coffers, and in the Surgeon-General's Library at Washington this policy has been in force for some years so far as its incunabula, elephantines, erotica and curiosa are concerned.
The recent plan of the librarian, Col. Walter D. McCaw, to put the more important medical classics under glass, for purposes of safe keeping, has resulted in a collection of unique interest and value, for the nation's medical library is singularly rich in these literary treasures, the accumulation of which is mainly due to the untiring zeal and vigilance of Dr. Billings and Dr. Fletcher in the past. The fact that nearly every volume in this exhibit is a first edition should interest the medical bibliophile, and at
GARRISON FH. THE HISTORICAL COLLECTION OF MEDICAL CLASSICS IN THE LIBRARY OF THE SURGEON-GENERAL'S OFFICE. JAMA. 1911;LVI(24):1785-1792. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560240015005