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January 11, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(2):112. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480020042011

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The publishers of the Bibliographia Medica, the European successor to the Index Medicus, have issued a circular in which they state that unless they obtained 250 subscribers before December 31 last, at the newly raised annual subscription price of $24, they will have to suspend its publication. It would seem that there ought to be at least 250 who are sufficiently interested to pay the price, to say nothing of the public libraries to which it is so valuable. We have to remember, however, that this is only history repeating itself; the Index Medicus in its last years went through the same experience. The fact appears to be that medical literature is increasing and that the difficulty and expense of collecting and publishing its bibliography have correspondingly increased, while the number of those calling for it in its completeness is not enlarged in proportion. If the Bibliographia Medica goes under,

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