Once more we take the opportunity afforded by the publication of our half-yearly Index Number to ask particular attention to that portion of the index which covers the titles, subjects and authors of all important contributions to medical literature during the preceding six months. The general index, being simply an index of matter appearing in our own pages, differs in kind in no way from the index that accompanies the close of the volume of every well-conducted periodical. But the Index to Current Medical Literature, to which we here refer—which occupies more than two-thirds of the pages devoted to the index this week—is an entirely different thing. As is well known, we publish in our Current Literature department weekly the titles of the original articles appearing in the important American and foreign medical journals. In the index to these titles is afforded a ready means of ascertaining what has been published during the preceding six months on any given subject, and by whom written, as well as where the original article may be found. This index is not, of course, so complete as the Index Medicus, but it is sufficiently complete for all but the most exhaustive research.
THE LITERATURE INDEX: SHALL IT BE CONTINUED?. JAMA. 2008;299(24):2905. doi:10.1001/jama.299.24.2905
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