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Digitising the Medical Journal of Australia – a centenary gift to the nation

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In reply: We thank Lancaster for his compliments and for expressing an interest in the digitisation of the Journal’s back issues. We fully endorse such a proposal and agree that the complete digitisation of the Journal would make publicly (and instantly) available a unique historical record of Australian medicine. This is also critical, because the print collection is ageing: the pages and spines of the early volumes are crumbling and this will eventually lead to loss of the collection.

We have been working on this project since 2007. Negotiations have included the National Library of Australia and other parties. Unfortunately, we have yet to find an affordable solution. Philanthropic funding has been sought but has so far been unavailable. We call out to all potential donors to extend their assistance to ensure this valuable resource survives well beyond its first century.