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May 27, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(21):1184. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450480048010

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The discontinuance of the publication of the "Index Medicus," just announced by Dr. Fletcher, the editor, is a distinct loss to medical literature. That a periodical of this kind, which has existed for nineteen years to the honor of our profession and our country, should have to die for want of support is certainly regrettable. It is, however, a fact that a work with a circulation necessarily so limited could hardly be expected to thrive in a pecuniary point of view, and that its maintenance must necessarily be at some sacrifice on the part of its publishers. This fact, however, makes no more satisfactory the announcement that the decision to discontinue it is final. One can hardly help thinking that such a task would be a fitting one for a government to undertake in the interest of science and for the general good. The United States Government has already a

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