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August 24, 1940

Current Comment

JAMA. 1940;115(8):618. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810340046014

MEDICAL LITERATURE AND THE BLOCKADE  Gradually since the end of May there has been a diminution in the receipt of medical publications coming from abroad to the Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus and to the Library of the American Medical Association. The Library has been receiving in the past about 1,400 different periodicals. The most recent shipment from Germany arrived on July 22, at which time, however, only two periodicals were received. On June 26 eight periodicals came, but the last large shipment arrived on May 27. Already, therefore, some of the German publications are more than three months in arrears. Some Austrian weekly publications which used to arrive every seven to ten days have not been received since early in June. Polish and Czechoslovakian journals have not been received for many months. Sixteen such publications have been dropped from the Index since the beginning of 1940. Within the last two