National Library of Medicine. By Robert B. Austin. Price, $1. Pp 240. US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Superintendent of Documents, Washington 25, DC, 1961.
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Picking up a book catalog is not the same thing as picking up a phone directory. Of course, one can limp through either one alphabetically, and, thus, also one can make his way with a good deal of interest through the dictionary. Ordinarily though, when one picks up a catalog of whatever kind he looks to find whether or not any old friends or familiar faces are there, and from then on he may branch out in a variety of ways. Reading catalogs backwards is likely to be more profitable than reading them forwards because every now and then in an addendum or in the addenda one may find a choice item which will be missed by the harpies who scan the first part of the catalog for their favorite forms of delight and delectation. Occasionally, when one is searching for some out-ofthe-way item or is frustrated by not having
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