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No one is very happy about the relentless proliferation of the printed word. On one hand we find seas of verbiage which go a long way toward concealing the absence of any possible thought; on the other hand there are repositories of graphs and columns of figures barely identifiable from the inadequate linkage of dry, sterile, and often incoherent prose. Medical "literature" pours out in torrents. What has the medical librarian done in the fact of the floods of journal literature, the great increase in medical texts and treatises, the proliferation of annual reports and review series, and the multiple births of medical journals where none had existed before as well as the rejuvenation of others which hope to describe the forefront of medical advance? What has been done to improve techniques of indexing, of reproducing material, of retrieval and recall, and of library administration? Answers to these and many
Bean WB. Applied Medical Library Practice.. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(1):150-151. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820010152022