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September 13, 1902

Concerning Indexes of Medical Journals.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(11):645. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480370053014

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Dillon, Mont., Sept. 4, 1902.

To the Editor:  —Regarding the editorial note "Concerning Indexes of Medical Journals" in The Journal of August 30: The index furnished by The Journal is indeed a valuable addition to our comfort, but even such an index can not attain perfection, from its necessarily discontinuous publication.I would suggest my plan of using card index. It is this: Soon after receipt and reading of each periodical, its contents are indexed on cards and a check mark placed on the journal to show that it is ready to be filed away until the volume is complete. Each periodical is given a number, which accompanies the volume numbers, for example: The Journal A. M. A. is No. 1. Then an article appearing in vol 39, page 496, on "Indexes of Medical Journals" is placed on the card devoted to "Indexing" as "1, 39-496, medical journals," meaning: The

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