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In this issue of JAMA, we are pleased to launch a new collaboration between JAMA and The Medical Letter. Both publications share the mission of providing physicians and other health care professionals with accurate, authoritative information about drug treatments. JAMA is one of the most widely read general medical journals in the world and The Medical Letter is widely recognized for its unbiased information about drug therapy.
The Medical Letter was founded in 1959 by Arthur Kallet and Harold Aaron, MD. Kallet, an engineer, coauthored the best-selling book 100,000,000 Guinea Pigs in 1933. The book exposed dangers in foods, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics that the public was unaware of and were complacent about because they thought that existing government oversight of these industries was effective. Kallet’s book generated fierce public debate, ultimately facilitating passage of the 1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which, for the first time, required demonstration of drug safety prior to marketing.
Zuccotti G, Livingston EH. The Medical Letter in JAMA. JAMA. 2014;311(2):144. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283819