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Bibliographers and medical historians have long felt the need for a form of indexing in which accumulation occurs at set intervals so that one does not have to look through a succession of monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly publications, endless years of them, to track down some elusive person, paper, or fact. The Wellcome Historical Library has supplied part of this need by its "Current Work in the History of Medicine" which is excellent for keeping up with the moment, but unsatisfactory for checking elusive points from the past, whenever the precise day or time of issue of a particular paper is not known. The National Library of Medicine with its magnificent MEDLARS resource has marshalled a great array of material not only in the field of medicine in the strict sense, but it invades some of the terrain of general history, bibliography and the classics which it indexes. Of course
Bean WB. Bibliography of the History of Medicine. Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(2):192–193. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640020080018
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