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January 4, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(1):38-39. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430530056006

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Much information of value is yearly consigned to oblivion by publication in the voluminous annual reports of the various heads of bureaus, chiefs of divisions, etc., at Washington. Volumes issue from the Government printing office by the ton of whose mere existence the mass of the people never become aware. How many of the sixty-odd thousand physicians of the United States have ever seen a copy of the Annual Report of the Chief of the Weather Bureau (late Signal Service)? Some few perhaps have looked over individual reports, and have been impressed with the variety and value of the climatologic data being thus slowly accumulated. But they have felt that, however interesting and suggestive the report of a year's observations may be, yet in the nature of things it is by itself of no practical value. For it is only by combining the data for any given point for some

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