Library of the Surgeon General's Office.
Washington, D. C., July 30, 1907.
To the Editor:
—The library of the Surgeon's General's office of the War Department endeavors to index all original matter in medical periodicals, unless of an absolutely trifling nature. As a matter of course, memory can not be relied on to determine whether an article has already been marked, and its inclusion by the editor of a periodical among "original articles" is, therefore, accepted. Occasionally a paper appears in several journals marked as "original" in each, with no note to show that it has appeared or is to appear in any other. As this practice causes useless work in carding until it is detected, and also smacks somewhat of disingenuousness, it is thought that a particularly glaring example will be of interest to your readers and to the editors of many medical journals. The article in question is