Librarians in Los Angeles, San Francisco Catalogue HIV/AIDS Materials
January 3, 2008
Librarians in Los Angeles and San Francisco have finished cataloguing hundreds of thousands of HIV/AIDS documents and have made the documents available to the public, the Los Angeles Times reports.
According to scholars, the collections -- along with similar ones in New York and San Francisco -- will be invaluable for researchers. Richard McKay, a doctoral student in history at the University of Oxford, recently examined the documents. "A big difficulty in the history of medicine is that records are left mostly by practitioners," McKay said, adding, that it is "often very difficult" for researchers to "access the voice of the patient." He added, "These archives do a lot for that, to a greater extent than others do" (Gordon, Los Angeles Times, 1/2).
Online summaries of the collections will be available online.
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This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.