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May 1968

VIC—Vision Information Center

Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;79(5):509. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.03850040511001

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"Please locate articles related to cryptophthalmos."  MEDLARS, the bibliographic search system of the National Library of Medicine, was unable to find any appropriate reference, although a manual literature search found more than 60.MEDLARS has succeeded in general bibliographic searches but has fallen short with some special fields, eg, visual sciences. The shortcomings threaten scientific research in these fields. The National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness (NINDB) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) accordingly entered into a contract with Harvard University to establish a Vision Information Center (VIC).Scientists, ophthalmologists (and other physicians), optometrists, students, and teachers are viewed as the future users of VIC. The amount of literature related to vision looms large to the seasoned investigator and appears almost impenetrable to the neophyte. Present computer technology offers means for solution if the technology is coupled with well designed informational retrieval and computer-assisted instructional systems.In the

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