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Vital and health statistics series : an annotated checklist and index to the publications of the "rainbow series"
Walsh, Jim, 1951-
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New York : Greenwood Press, 1991.
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xix, 388 pages ; 25 cm.
General Note:
Lists, annotates, and indexes the reports titled: Vital health statistics that have been published in the four series of the U.S. National Health Survey (Series A-D) and the sixteen series of National Center for Health Statistics (Series 1-6, 10-16, 20-24) dating from 1958 through March 1991.

Includes indexes.
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HA214 .W27 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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"The Vital and Health Statistics Series," or what documents and medical librarians call The Rainbow Series, includes four series published by the U.S. National Health Survey between 1958 and 1963, and eighteen series published by the National Center for Health Statistics since 1963. Sixteen of these series are still active. In this volume, Jim Walsh and A. James Bothmer list, annotate, and index all of the reports published in the Rainbow Series, a total of 853 reports. Each entry contains standard bibliographical information and cataloging, publisher, and index/abstract access information.

The body of the book arranges the reports first by series and then by report number within each series. Each series begins with a series cover sheet, which provides general information about the series. The work concludes with author, title, and subject indexes. The subject index uses the Library of Congress Subject Headings and the National Library of Medicine Subject Headings. This useful volume is the only source that lists, annotates, and indexes all of the reports and that provides supplemental information that will enhance reference, interlibrary loan, cataloging, and acquisition information, and that will enhance the use of these valuable reports.

Author Notes

JIM WALSH is Head of Government Documents and Microforms at the O'Neill Library, Boston College. He is the author of Maps Contained in the Publications of the American Bibliography, 1639-1819: An Index and Checklist (1988).

A. JAMES BOTHMER is Associate Director for Public Services, McGoogan Library, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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The "Rainbow Series," so called because each numbered series bears covers of a distinct color, consists of more than 800 reports issued since 1958 in 4 series by the National Health Survey, and 16 series by the National Center for Health Statistics. The reports include vital statistics (birth, death, marriage, and divorce) and health statistics. Walsh and Bothmer's checklist includes an entry for each report, providing bibliographic, cataloging, and availability information, and an abstract. There are separate author, title, and subject indexes. Listings in the subject index are not always sufficiently subdivided: there are 76 undifferentiated entries under "Hospital Utilization." Recommended for medical and public health collections, and for any library owning many of the "Rainbow Series" reports.-E. F. Konerding, Wesleyan University

Table of Contents

User Guide Checklist
Author Index
Title Index
Subject Index