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May 7, 1960


J. H. T.
JAMA. 1960;173(1):61. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020190063017

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Approximately 18 months ago a stipulation of the U. S. Postoffice Department required the frontto-back numbering of pages (folio) in medical periodicals that carried a substantial number of full pages of advertising. I recall the confusion that this innovation brought to my mind when I discovered a light and a dark series of numbers on the pages of The Journal. It was not until later that I learned of my failure to read a previous issue (J. A. M. A.169:47 [Jan. 3] 1959) which described the necessary action taken by my predecessor, once removed. Austin Smith had no choice in the decision. It was necessary to include bold face and light face numbers to satisfy the postal regulations.

It has been determined now after considerable deliberation that it is permissible to place the light folio at the bottom of each page. The bold face pagination remains in the

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