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June 16, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;128(7):534-535. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860240060021

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)May 12, 1945.

The Shortage of Medical Books and Journals  As with all other forms of publication, the medical is in great difficulties as a result of the paper control imposed by the war. In the House of Lords Viscount Buckmaster raised the question of the supply of paper for medical publications. He said that publishers were now unable to supply the basic minimum of books needed by medical students. "Gray's Anatomy" was quite unobtainable. He had tried to get it, either new or second hand, without success. The same applied to "Buchanan's Anatomy" and "Cunningham's Anatomy." In physiology matters, if anything, were worse. In one class of students 15 per cent could not beg, borrow or by any means short of theft obtain a copy of any of the leading works. The physician in practice was in the same trouble. Not merely were writers

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