Medical Libraries Volume 1-5

Medical Libraries Volume 1-5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...has, after a long period of usefulness, finally gone out of existence. The Albany School has very generously given its library to the State. These considerations do not, of course, apply to the small workinglibraries which each hospital should support for its staff. Besides the tendency of such work to soon out-grow the facilities for handling it, the reason for the failure to make a lasting success in most of these cases has evidently been a too narrow eonception of the scope of the w0rk, --a limitation of the material to only choice and old lines, and a status that did not adequately take in the whole profession in the respective region. But there is a limit to this principle. Such separate work is only feasible in large towns. The fine institutions in Hartford and Cleveland show that under favorable circumstances they may succeed in places of say i00.o00 inhabitants. It may in time even prove possible in towns of only 50,000. But evidently the lower limit of communities where this can be done will be from 50,000 to too, ooo as regards residents. In all places. large or small, there should of Course be but one library of this class. And iii an occasional large city, it may be the medical department of some general library is so endow.-d and supported as to properly monopolize the field. It may be claimed that any kind of a beginning is better than none, that thereby some temporary good will be done and that though it lie for a time dormant, yet it will gravitate eventually to proper channels. The argument may be taken for what it is worth. In the long run, however, little is gained by raising false hopes, I only contend that experience so far shows the independent medical library, to offer the best promise of permanency more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236791215
  • 9781236791214