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April 20, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(16):1121-1122. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470160039011

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It is a common failing of mankind to long for what it has not and to be unappreciative of what it possesses. No medical man whose studies necessitate reference to the literature of his subject can have failed, many times and deeply, to regret the dissolution of the Index Medicus. It is true that the deficiency resulting therefrom has been made good in part by the publication of various indices and digests, but it must be admitted that none, or even all of these together, represent the completeness that gave especial value to the Index Medicus. The latest endeavor in this direction consists in the formation, under the auspices of the Royal Society, of an international catalogue of scientific literature, as the result of several international conferences in the course of the last few years. The work of cataloguing has already been begun and is in active progress; and it

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