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August 30, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(9):496. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480350034008

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We receive with gratification occasional expressions of praise for the index of current medical literature contained in the closing issue of each volume of The Journal. While we are not disposed to self-praise, we may be pardoned for quoting—in the absence of Dr. Simmons while convalescing—one of these for its personal praise. The St. Paul Medical Journal says editorially:

Medical journals are valuable from two important points of view. They furnish the physician with current reading and they serve, when the volumes are completed and bound, as works of reference. For the latter purpose they are practically useless unless well indexed. A bound volume of a medical journal without a good index is as useless for purposes of reference as a library without a good catalogue. For a time the Index Medicus furnished a complete index of current medical literature, which was of immense value, but it ceased publication some

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