Administratively part of the National Institutes of Health, this is the most comprehensive collection of medical journals and books in the world, established by John Shaw Billings (1838–1913) during the 30-year period (1864–1895) that he supervised the collection in the office of the Surgeon General. Much of the collection is accessible online. It includes the organizational framework for MEDLINE and for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. See http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ for details. The Canadian equivalent is the Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, at http://cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/cisti_e.html, which maintains a comprehensive collection of Canadian and other scientific serial publications and occasional reports.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.