Cumulative Index
The Johns Hopkins Hospital

About the Index

    This web guide represents a combination of two cumulative indexes to the Bulletin. The first index was published in 1906 and covered volumes 1 thru 16 (1889-1905); the second cumulative index, published in 1949, covered volumes 17 through 85 (1906-1949).

How to use this Index

    The on-line version of the Index presents two different views of the Bulletin articles: by Year and Volume, and by Subject. In addition, an Index of Authors is available.

    To view the contents of a Bulletin volume: click on the decade of which the volume is part, then browse through the pages displayed in the right window.

    To search articles about a particular subject: click on the alphabet letter - under the title Subjects in the Table of Contents (left window) - representing the first letter in the subject name; then browse through the pages displayed in the right window.

    To search articles written by an author, or articles about an individual or an institution: enter the Index of Authors by clicking on the alphabet letter - under this section in the Table of Contents (left window) - representing the first letter in the author's last name, then browse through the pages displayed in the left window. The name of the author is followed by volume:page references (links) to articles written. Click on a link to view the article in the right window.

    From the Index of Authors you can return to the Table of contents by clicking on the Return to Table of Contents link at the top of the Index page (left window).

Guide to Terminology and Subject Headings

    From the Preface to the 1949 Cumulative Index:
     "The cumulative index to the Bulletin of The Johns Hopkins Hospital ... follows the pattern of the Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus in its subject headings for the most part. New terms have been added, especially in the field of biochemistry. In certain cases, where QCIM uses inversions we have preferred normal order (e.g., BASAL METABOLISM rather than METABOLISM, BASAL; and HIPPURIC ACID rather than ACID, HIPPURIC).
     "In general, the commonly used chemical name of a drug or compound has been used as a subject heading, irrespective of the name of the basic chemical from which it is derived: e.g., tetraethylpyrophosphate is indexed under TETRA and not under ETHYL PYROPHOSPHATE. Adenosine triphosphate is indexed as such, and not as ACID, ADENYL PYROPHOSPHORIC. An attempt has been made, however, to provide adequate cross references from the basic chemical compound to the specific compound.
     "The QCIM practice of entering tumors both under name of organ, subdivided by TUMORS, and also under TUMORS, subdivided by type of tumor cell, has been adhered to, and a dual approach has been extended to the subject of surgery. Articles have been entered both under name of organ, subdivided by SURGERY, and also under SURGERY, subdivided by name of organ or specialty. The latter approach is not usually offered by the Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus.
     "An attempt has been made to include all articles on a specific topic under that heading. The see also references, therefore, are used mainly to call attention to a specific topic from a more general heading.
     "In the case of long series of papers, strictly alphabetical order under subject has sometimes given way to numerical order. An author entry, however, always appears under the senior author as shown at the head of the article, regardless of the rotations of position of joint authors during publication of a series. No attempt has been made in this index to account for parts of series which were published in journals other than the Bulletin.
     "Obituaries, memorials, etc., have been indexed under the appropriate proper names, but have not been grouped under any generic term. The attempt to enter all lectures of a series under the name of the man for whom the series was named (e.g., Herter Lectures) was abandoned because of insufficient information in the Bulletin."

    This Web edition of the index attempts to reconcile differences in subject terminology in the 2 printed indices. Most of the subject entries in the 1906 index were transpositions of titles (in some cases abbreviated). First, an attempt was made to attach a subject entry from the 1906 index to a subject defined in the 1949 index. Only in instances where this could not be done, was a subject from the first index created. When all subjects were entered, we made an overall revision, which led to further subject consolidation in some instances, and elimination of redundancies.
    Another challenge was the changing in spelling standards between the period of time the two indices were created. Examples: LEUKAEMIA vs. LEUKEMIA; HEMORRHAGE vs. HAEMORRHAGE; ANEMIA vs. ANAEMIA. In those instances, the spelling from the 1949 index was used, with a "See" reference for the 1906 subject version. Example: "Leukaemia: See Leukemia". Spelling from the 1906 index was maintained for all subjects which do not appear in the 1949 index.