Cumulative Index Medicus

Cu·mu·la·tive In·dex Med·i·cus

collection of medical literature, published annually, which began in the U.S. Army Surgeon General's office at the end of the U.S. Civil War. It has been taken over by the National Library of Medicine and has evolved into a database called MEDLINE.

Cu·mu·la·tive In·dex Med·i·cus

(kyūm'yū-lă-tiv in'deks med'i-kŭs)
Collection of medical literature, published annually, which began in the U.S. Army Surgeon General's office at the end of the U.S. Civil War in 1865. It has been taken over by the National Library of Medicine and has evolved into a database called MEDLINE.
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The result proved successful, and in 1960, the new Index Medicus, second series, replaced its predecessors, Current List of Medical Literature and Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus.
Acquisitions librarians had to take note of book reviews in prominent journals and consult the lists provided by the American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Surgeons, the Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus, and journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association [3].
The new publication, named the Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus, was published jointly by the Army Medical Library and the AMA, with some funding from the Carnegie Foundation, until 1956.

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