December 1960


Author Affiliations

Medical Library Association, Inc., Philadelphia

Am J Dis Child. 1960;100(6):950. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.04020040952029

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To Dr. E. Vincent Askey, President, American Medical Association: The medical librarians of this country have worked diligently to assist your profession in all phases of medicine. For the medical educator, the medical researcher, and the practicing physician we have developed various types of libraries and we have devised ways to meet the numerous needs of your profession.

In view of our desire to serve your profession, we must strongly protest the reference in your American Journal of Diseases of Children, July, 1960, which dubs us as "poor" and "bedraggled." We are not poor. We maintain collections that are worth millions of dollars and that are infinitely rich in wisdom. The word "bedraggled" bothers us. Has our desire to serve been mistaken for "following slowly" (Webster)? We are proud of our profession and regret that some spokesman of your profession has misjudged us. In many areas of this country medical

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