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January 22, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(4):224-225. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440560052007

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In going over a list of the principal public medical libraries of the country one is struck with their peculiar distribution. We notice one in Maine, another in South Carolina, a third in Colorado, while between lie many more populous States, some of them known as centers of medical education, without any public medical library at all.

Considering more closely the towns in which some of them are located the facts are yet more striking. For instance, in Maine the library is situated in Brunswick, a town of 6,000 inhabitants, the twelfth in point of size in that State. It belongs to the Medical School of Maine, Bowdoin College, and by the figures before us is larger than any other medical library in New England, outside of Boston. Again we find the Medico-Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland has a very respectable library, while scarcely one of the larger State Medical Societies

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