Critical deficiencies exist in the area of medical communications, especially in medical libraries. Within recent years these defects have been documented very adequately by numerous groups, including the American Medical Association; the Association of American Medical Colleges; the President's Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke; the Medical Library Association; and the National Library of Medicine, among others. There seems to be firm agreement that the deficiencies go considerably beyond the frustrations of the medical-school librarian who insists that his budget is too small, or the complaints of the students, teachers, or practitioners who cannot find particular articles they desire. The consensus seems to be that failure to meet the needs of the health-science libraries could indirectly threaten the health efforts of the entire nation.
On Jan 19, 1965, Senator Lister Hill and Representative Oren Harris introduced in the Senate and House, respectively, the medical library assistance act