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February 18, 1905

Card Indexing for Preserving Useful Medical Information.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(7):560. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500340048014

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Philadelphia, Feb. 11, 1905.

To the Editor:  —Among the difficulties which beset the physician is to preserve useful information on various subjects in systematic shape for ready reference. The best method of doing this, coming steadily into vogue, is the card index. Much of useful data is offered in the form of advertisements, prospectuses, book notices, booklets, leaflets, circulars or cards of irregular size, making it utterly impossible to arrange them comfortably, hence to preserve them in such a fashion that they can be readily consulted.I made the suggestion long ago to the drug manufacturers that if they desired, or expected, us to bear in our minds descriptions of their preparations, some of which contain much merit, they should make it practicable by giving us printed information, much or little, on cards of the ordinary size used in the card indexes. This is the best way.Thus a card

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