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Under date of May 4, 1936, Major Edgar Erskine Hume, librarian of the Army Medical Library, announced to the Surgeon General the completion of the first volume of the fourth series of the Index Catalogue of the Library. Volume 10 of the third series appeared in 1932, and publication has been suspended in the intervening time. The history of the publication is briefly reviewed in the introduction to the new volume of the new series. When it first appeared, the Index Catalogue was unique as the only attempt to index the important medical literature of the world. As the Army Medical Library received a greater number of periodicals and more books, pamphlets and other medical publications than any other medical library capable of issuing such a publication, the Index Catalogue most nearly approximated a complete catalogue of medical literature.
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INDEX CATALOGUE OF THE LIBRARY OF THE SURGEON GENERAL'S OFFICE. JAMA. 1936;107(11):879–880. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770370043012
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