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Authors : Karel, Leonard, 1912-, Austin, Charles J., Cummings, Martin Marc, 1920-2011
Title: Computerized Bibliographic Control of the Biomedical Literature, 1965
Occasion: Published in Science 148, no. 3671 (May 7, 1965): 766-772. A letter to Philip B. Abelson, editor of Science, February 12, 1965, from Dr. Martin M. Cummings indicates that the article was to be considered for review as possible "cover" material for the Book Issue. Was presented at the summer meeting of the British Thoracic Society, Sheffield, England and also presented on July 13, 1965, at the Postgraduate Medical School of Hammersmith Hospital, London, England.
MMC Commentary: Credit must be give to Leonard Karel and Charles Austin for the speech to the British Thoracic Society. The paper provides a medical background of the work of the National Library of Medicine, especially the use of computers at NLM and a detailed description of MEDLARS, including the use of GRACE. As you might expect, the speech addresses cardiovascular medicine and what information is available to this important medical specialty. The information presented includes a listing of the number of journals in the field of cardiovascular medicine, and I gave several other examples of how NLM assists research in cardiovascular medicine. The Cerebrovascular Bibliography by the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness and the National Heart Institute, and the demand searches in the field of cardiovascular medicine provided valuable tools for the cardiovascular specialization.
Subject terms:
Austin, Charles J.
Cummings, Martin M. (Martin Marc), 1920-
National Library of Medicine (U.S.)
History of Medicine
Computer Systems
MEDLARS
Sumerian tablets
Information Explosion
Flexowriter
Demand Bibliographies
Recurring Bibliographies
Graphic Arts Composing Equipment (GRACE)
MEDLARS Decentralization

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