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Richard A. Kern, M.D.
JAMA. 1954;155(16):1445. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690340067021.
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To the Editor.  —The article "How to Keep Up with Medical Literature" in the April 24, 1954, issue of The Journal, page 1409, refers to restrictions on the use of certain medical libraries. The larger problem, of which this is but a part, deserves careful consideration. The fact of the matter is that most of the medical societies, although they derive the major portion, or all, of their financial support from their members, open their libraries to all. Many of them are the strongest medical research libraries in their areas. The real problem here is the provision of adequate income for libraries that open their reading rooms to the public but that are maintained by a small group.The library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, for instance, finds that the fellows of the college constitute a small minority of the active library users. Throughout the years the fellows


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