DAVID MILLS, M.D.
To the editor: Recent correspondence in the Letters section has emphasized the need for a personal filing system for medical literature abstracts (1). The "Annals" and other journals now print separate sets of abstracts to simplify their removal from the bound publication. We report here a simple method of cross-indexing, filing, and retrieval of these abstracts by the use of edge punch cards and a mechanical sorting machine1. These abstracts can be cross-indexed for four different headings and can be sorted for any combination of entries in a few minutes.
The abstracts are simply cut out of
MILLS D. Mechanical Sorting of Abstracts. Ann Intern Med. ;83:287–288. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-2-287
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(2):287-288.
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