Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Selected List of Books and Journals for the Small Medical Library

Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Selected List of Books and Journals for the Small Medical Library

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This list of 358 books and 123 journals is intended as a selection aid for the small library of a hospital, medical society, clinic, or similar organization. Books and journals are arranged by subject, with the books followed by an author index, and the journals by an alphabetical title listing.

OeVERAL selective lists of books and journals published previously have been of great value to librarians in hospital and other small medical libraries (1-3,5-8,10,12), but some have had a particular purpose which has limited their use. Because it is the most up-to-date, the VA list (12) is now the most useful, but it is limited to one type of hospital and excludes such important subjects as obstetrics and pediatrics. Perhaps the most widely useful list of its time was that published by the American Medical Association in 1959 (1), but it is now out-of-date, and the AMA does not intend to revise and reissue it. The Journal of the American Medical Association, however, periodically lists selected recent medical books with critical annotations by leading subject authorities (9).

The present list is intended as a selection aid for the small library of a hospital, society, clinic, or similar organization. It should be considered in relation to the purposes of the particular institution and the subject specialties dominant therein. Emphasis has been on selecting the most recent and authoritative works in the English language in each subject area. The list is by no means complete and should be supplemented by additional books and journals in the specialties of greatest interest to the clientele of the library. Very few expensive sets are noted, and inexpensive alternates usually are included within the same category. No attempt has been made to list innumerable reference works, since the best selection of such tools is already available in printed form from the National Library of Medicine (H).

The listing of books in nursing may be supplemented by two excellent lists. The Reference Tools for Nursing (4), put out in mimeographed form by the Interagency Council on Library Tools for Nursing, may be obtained free of charge from the National League for Nursing. The most complete and helpful list of materials for the nursing school library was compiled by Sister Mary Concordia in 1961 and supplemented in 1963 (2).

All of the books in this list are available unless there is an "out-of-print" designation.

Although it is possible to order books directly from the publishers, it is usually more satisfactory to choose a reliable medical book dealer in one's city or region, who can obtain any of the volumes desired, and who usually offers a 10 percent discount with postage paid. Typical of such agents are the following: Brown & Connolly, Inc., 779 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116; Burns & MacEachern Limited, 62 Railside Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada; Chicago Medical Book Company, Jackson & Honore Streets, Chicago, Illinois 60612; Eliot Books, 1305 Second Avenue, New York, New York 10021; J. A. Majors Company, 139 Forrest Park Avenue, N. E., Atlanta, Georgia 30301; J. A. Majors Company, 147 So. Liberty Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112; J. A. Majors Company, 2137 Butler Street, Dallas, Texas 57235; Matthew's Medical Books, 3140 Park Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63104; Rittenhouse Book Store, 1706 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103; and J. W. Stacey, Inc., 2575 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, California 93404.

Similarly, journals can be ordered through an agent, thus saving time in correspondence, purchase orders, and processing multiple invoices. It would be advisable to consult wdth other medical or university librarians in one's area before choosing such an agent. A few' examples of these are: Armed Forces Subscription Agency, 1341 G Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. 20005; F. W. Faxon Company, Inc., 515-525 Hyde Park Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02131; Hanson-Bennett Magazine Agency, 180 No. …

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