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June 11, 1927

THE QUARTERLY CUMULATIVE INDEX MEDICUS

JAMA. 1927;88(24):1893. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680500035016

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Abstract

Simultaneously with the opening of the Annual Session of the American Medical Association in Washington appeared the first number of the new Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus, a combination of the Index Medicus published by the Army Medical Library with the aid of a grant from the Carnegie Institution, and the Quarterly Cumulative Index to Current Medical Literature published by the American Medical Association since 1916. The combination has been welcomed by librarians, by editors, by research workers—indeed, by all interested in medical progress, as a great achievement in the field of medical bibliography. There are published in the world today somewhere between 1,800 and 2,000 medical periodicals. In these appear the fruits of medical investigation in the laboratory, of bedside observations in the hospital and in the clinic, of theories and philosophy developed in the office and in the library. Original articles alone comprise approximately 50,000 titles annually. Many of

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