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January 6, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;127(1):48-49. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860010050017

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Dec. 2, 1944.

The Shortage of Medical Books  All forms of publication are restricted by the war. There is a shortage' of labor, and paper is rationed. Medical publication is severely hampered; journals are only half their prewar size, and medical publishers are in such difficulties that the medical group of the publishers' association has circulated a memorandum on them. They point out that they are responsible for maintaining the supply of textbooks, reference works and monographs for doctors, research and laboratory workers, medical students, nurses, pharmacists, veterinarians and all classes of medical auxiliaries. They also have to publish works especially concerned with war medicine and surgery and with first aid. Any reduction in their output must hamper medical education and the dissemination of medical knowledge and so injure the community, it is pointed out. During the war it has been impossible to maintain the

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