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August 11, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(15):1502. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970150070019

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To the Editor:—  The purpose of this letter is to suggest a plan for an extensive medical reference library that any physician could own at low cost to himself. This large library would occupy little storage space, be convenient to use, and be exhaustive in its scope. If this plan were adopted there would be little need for authors to distribute reprints of published articles. In 1944, Fremont Rider, a librarian, published a book, "The Scholar and the Future of the Research Library: A Problem and Its Solution" (New York, Hadham Press), in which he advanced a new concept in library science—the microcard. For those not familiar with the term, the microcard is a paper card 3 by 5 in. in size, of the kind used in the card catalogues of most libraries. These cards, rather than just listing the books and periodicals available in a library, are the library.

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