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The Cornell Conferences on Therapy were inaugurated in 1937 as a joint venture of the departments of medicine and pharmacology. The intention was to take up such topics as seemed of particular interest at the time. A conference is usually initiated with introductory remarks, but the discussion is, for the most part, extemporaneous. The aim, according to its editors, was limited to the exploration of some aspects of special interest, analysis of the evidence on controversial points of opinion and practice, elaboration of the physiologic, pharmacologic, and chemical basis of therapeutic measures, and presentation of these on the level of the general practitioner. After the first year's experience, it was felt that a permanent record would enhance the value of these conferences. Accordingly, the proceedings were taken down by a stenotypist. The next step in the evolution of these records was their monthly publication from 1937 to 1940 in The
Cornell Conferences on Therapy. Volume IV. JAMA. 1951;146(7):688. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670070080043