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Early in 1970 the librarian of a medical school in Philadelphia announced to his faculty that the costs that year for replacing books and journals "missing" from its library would be an estimated $7,500 to $10,000, or 10% of the annual acquisitions budget. I could hardly believe his news. It implied that the students, or faculty, or other users of this library include some men and women with the morality of the shop lifter. But there was a grimmer possibility—that this blight might not be peculiar to this school but might be a plague in other American schools.
H. E. Thievery in Medical-School Libraries. Ann Intern Med. 1971;75:469–470. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-75-3-469
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(3):469-470.
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