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Materials relating to the one hundredth anniversary of the Army Medical Library 1936-1939
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Historical Note

The Army Medical Library began in 1836 when Surgeon General of the Army Joseph Lovell first established a collection of medical literature for official use. John Shaw Billings, the first Librarian, greatly increased collections and initiated the Index Catalogue. By 1936 the library held more than a million items and was considered one of the premier medical libraries in the world.