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The Index Medicus is a valuable publication that has as a special type and example of American medical journalism done credit to our country. It has also, in its complete bibliography of medical literature, introduced at least the knowledge of the existence of such a literature in this country into various quarters where it had been hitherto consciously or unconsciously ignored, and if at the present time there still exist those who consider American medicine still in its infantile swaddling clothes, we can, with the exercise of all needed charity, attribute such opinion to abnormal mental idiosyncrasy rendering them blind to facts, to a wilfully maintained provincialism and prejudice. When all the world has to come to America to keep track of what is being done in medical publication, any wholesale disparagement of American medical progress comes with ill grace.
There is, however, a point of view from which there
CUMBERING THE RECORD. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(3):134–135. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450030036009
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