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This is one of the largest medical libraries in the world, and in many respects the best. The collection at the present time consists of about a quarter of a million medical books and pamphlets, of which 149,000 are bound volumes. One of the most important functions of the library is the preparation of its "Index Catalogue," of which one volume appears yearly. The first series of sixteen volumes, covering the entire alphabet, was completed in 1895, and the latest volume of the second series, recently published, completes all entries under the letter K. Although based on the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office, this unique work is practically an index of the medical literature of the world as published in book form and in journals. Both authors and subject-matter being indexed, it is available as a working catalogue in any large library, general or medical, and is so used in
THE LIBRARY OF THE SURGEON-GENERAL'S OFFICE.. JAMA. 1903;XLI(19):1149. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490380025010