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December 28, 1994

Reference and Information Services in Health Sciences Libraries

JAMA. 1994;272(24):1957. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520240085053

The Association of American Medical Colleges' report Physicians for the Twenty-First Century1 mandated that medical schools incorporate life-long learning skills into the curriculum, thereby cementing an already strong relationship between librarians and medical practice. The two professions have traveled similar paths. One pictures the black-suited general practitioner of 100 years ago toting a black bag, making a solitary visit to an ailing patient, his armamentarium consisting of little more than a kind word and soft touch. Today's physician sports any garb but a black suit, understands the inefficiency of house calls, is highly specialized, and is almost as likely to be a woman as a man. And the case under the arm is a laptop, not a black bag. That computer can access information on much of today's vast armamentarium.

Similarly, the conservatively dressed, hair properly bunned, medical librarian of 100 years ago protected her book collection and card