MARGARET M. KLINKROTH
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To the editor: I read with no great surprise your editorial, "Thievery in Medical-School Libraries, in the September issue (pp. 469-470). I can assure you that you speak not only for medical-school libraries but also for medical libraries in hospitals not affiliated with medical schools.
I have not had the courage to calculate the percentage of the acquisitions budget that we must use to replace "missing" books and journals, but it is about 10%—this is in a library that serves only physicians. In this hospital it would be considered as tasteless as spitting on the American flag to call a
KLINKROTH MM. Theft As a Professional Way of Life. Ann Intern Med. ;75:968. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-6-968_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(6):968.
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