MARTIN M. CUMMINGS, M.D.; ROBERT B. MEHNERT
The long-standing practice of the National Library of Medicine to provide published guides to the biomedical literature and computer-based information retrieval services is being challenged by a foreign publisher. The Library's position is that it is fulfilling its Congressionally mandated function; that fees for its products and services recover only the costs of providing access to them; and that curtailing these services or charging inflated prices would be a disservice to American medicine and the public's health.
CUMMINGS MM, MEHNERT RB. MEDLARS Services of the National Library of Medicine: Public Resource or Market Commodity?. Ann Intern Med. ;96:772–774. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-6-772
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(6_part_1):772-774.
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