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The dust jacket calls this "the standard work on the production, distribution, and storage of medical literature from the earliest times." In fact, the first six of the ten chapters can be more accurately described as a biographic history of medicine with emphasis on the books written by medical leaders of their times. More useful to medical historians and physicians are the accounts of medical bibliography (Chapter 8) and of private and public medical libraries (Chapters 9 and 10). Chapter 7 by Morton on the growth of journals is hardly more than a skeleton of the possibilities. This is certainly
Thornton's Medical Books, Libraries and Collectors: A Study of Bibliography and the Book Trade in Relation to the Medical Sciences. Ann Intern Med. ;116:350–351. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-4-350_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(4):350-351.
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