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To the Editor:
—A physician more remarkable for commercial instincts than for scientific attainment, once spoke contemptuously of the library of the late Prof. Jewell, saying that it contained "nothing but a lot of old medical journals." We think he but voiced a sentiment, all too common in the profession, but one we are sure that will meet with little sympathy from the original workers and writers in medicine. To these the files of the standard journals are about the most valuable books to be found in a medical library. In medical societies it is generally possible to pick out the man who subsists largely upon text-book pabulum, and it will be generally observed that he is not the most interesting contributer to the proceedings. The industrious student knows that he has not exhausted a subject until he has gone through the files of the great journals.We hold it
Moyer HN. A General Index for Medical Journals.. JAMA. 1890;XV(17):626. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410430034011
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