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August 12, 1950

Medical Books, Libraries and Collectors: A Study of Bibliography and the Book Trade in Relation to the Medical Sciences

JAMA. 1950;143(15):1379. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910500081041

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In this study of medical bibliography and the book trade in relation to the medical sciences one may find information on medical literature before the invention of printing, on medical incunabula, medical books of the sixteenth century, seventeenth century medical books, medical books from 1700 to 1799, the development of medical societies, the growth of medical periodical literature, medical bibliographies and bibliographers, private medical libraries, medical publishing and book selling and on medical libraries of today. Two appendixes provide also chronologic lists of medical societies and institutions and of medical libraries and institutions housing large medical collections. The illustrations offer an interesting supplement to this detailed reference source. The printing is not particularly easy to read, but the book obviously is not intended for light reading.

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