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November 2, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(9):1153. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980270063016

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The National Library of Medicine, established by Public Law 941, 84th Congress, has just completed its first year of operation under its new sponsor, the Public Health Service, and the first annual report of the library has just been issued. The record is an amazing one. It would appear that the renaissance of this great institution, begun through the initiative of the Army Medical Service, is now coming to full flowering.

The library has vigorously pushed its comprehensive acquisitions policy, and is receiving important medical literature from the four corners of the earth. Under its new loan policy this material is freely available to physicians throughout the United States, on request made through local libraries. The publications program of the library, which includes catalogs, indexes, and bibliographies of all kinds, is most impressive, and is a clear indication that the library is utilizing its full resources in offering a truly

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