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March 3, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(9):801. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960440073023

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To the Editor:—  The final regular volume (series 4, vol. 11) of the Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon General's Office (Armed Forces Medical Library) has just been released, and it is now being distributed to medical institutions throughout the world. It would seem to be appropriate at this time to recall the reasons for bringing this monumental medical bibliography to a close and to call attention to the publications of the Armed Forces Medical Library, which henceforth supplant the Index-Catalogue. Continuation of the Index-Catalogue has been in question since 1921; in that year Gen. Robert E. Noble, then librarian, proposed changing the method of publishing to provide for an annual volume, complete in itself for a given time span, rather than for extended serial publication requiring a 20-year cycle for completion of any one series. He was alarmed at the ever-increasing gulf between the number of items indexed

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