Pamphlets are short, unbound, printed works which generally deal with subjects of current interest. They are an efficient means for the distribution of health care standards, guidelines, and capsule summaries of a biomedical topic. Pamphlets are also an effective medium for public health outreach, patient instruction, consumer health information, and commercial advertising literature.
NLM collects representative examples of the pamphlet literature to provide a balanced collection of typical, influential, authoritative and unique items dealing with health issues of particular interest. Collecting emphasis is on publications of U.S. national health organizations, health agencies, and authoritative or widely influential institutions. Examples of pamphlets produced by influential international health organizations and those that present unique health care strategies and concerns also are selected. Other items that present health outreach efforts, conflicting opinion, and alternative practice are also of collecting interest.