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Probably the majority of physicians regard the unbound literature in their libraries as an unmitigated nuisance. They may see much of interest in this literature when received but the liklihood of being able to find it again when wanted is so remote that it is generally consigned to the waste basket. Any plan which will rescue this material from the waste basket and make it useful ought to be received favorably by every one who has realized how difficult the subject is. The problem of preserving unbound literature, so that it is available for convenient reference, is so difficult of solution that few attempt it and those few usually get swamped before the amount of material becomes very great.
A system to be valuable, must conform to the following requirements:
The scheme must be so simple that it can easily be carried in the mind and it must require the
GALLOWAY DH. A METHOD OF PRESERVING UNBOUND LITERATURE WITH SUGGESTIONS REGARDING A SYSTEM OF CLASSIFICATION.. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(17):790–793. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440170024001m