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April 2, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(14):379-380. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391390015004

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Those members of the medical profession who attempt to keep themselves posted in the advances made outside of our own country, and who are able to read some of the European languages, fully appreciate the injustice (apparent certainly, if not real) of the present high duty on all foreign works. As medical men we are not interested particularly in knowing how such duty protects any home interest; though as a matter of fact the keeping of books in foreign languages out of the country can protect no home interest. Further than this, we must regard at least 95 per cent. of such books purchased by medical men in this country as necessities, not as luxuries. These books are necessities in the same way that agricultural implements are necessities to the farmer; but all good agricultural implements may be made in this country, while the works of which we speak cannot

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