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December 26, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(26):2220. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540260022004

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For some years we have been supplying with each volume of The Journal an index of unusual scope and one on which, of necessity, much thought and labor are expended. When it is realized that in the present index the number of titles and authors alone exceeds 26,000, a large percentage of which are referred to more than once, it does not require any technical knowledge to appreciate the mere mechanical difficulties involved. When it is also borne in mind that the arrangement, grouping and combining of these thousands of titles is not work that can be done mechanically by filing clerks, however intelligent, but requires the individual attention of those possessed of medical training, the reason for our question in an editorial last July, "Is it worth while?" becomes apparent.

Our readers' answer to the question — unequivocally and overwhelmingly in the affirmative — was both astonishing and pleasing.

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