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December 22, 1928


Author Affiliations

Editor of The Lancet LONDON, ENGLAND

JAMA. 1928;91(25):1990-1993. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.92700250002015

I owe the honor of addressing you to the fact that I happen to be the editor of a medical paper that has turned its centenary. My words tonight will be an attempt to show that, while the life of a hundred years may be a long one for any serial publication of a specialized or professional nature to enjoy—one, indeed, of which those responsible for its conduct may well be proud—it is brief and episodic in the history of medical journalism, if the earliest manifestations of this form of literature are taken into account. For medical journalism may be said to have been commenced 4,000 years ago, and at least one Babylonian tablet earlier than 6000 B. C. records a case of dropsy, for the instruction of sufferers. And without attempting to include in the back history of medical journalism the stone and metal inscription of the oldest

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