Relatively few physicians in the United States subscribe to more than five medical journals, mostly those written in English. A serious problem, however, confronts the many medical libraries that have a limited budget but must keep a fairly complete file not only of journals published in the United States but of foreign ones as well. The cost of some of these is excessively high and is in some cases prohibitive. For this reason the periodicals and serials committee of the Medical Library Association has made a series of comparative studies of the cost to medical libraries in this country of medical periodicals from various parts of the world. The first such survey was made in 1926, and in the 1930's there were some substantial reductions in price.
The survey for 1948-1950-1952 has been completed and analyzed for various countries on the basis of average cost per page to the subscriber.