Since 1966 we have retrieved and republished articles, or excerpts of articles, that originally appeared in JAMA 75 or 100 years ago.1 These pages of medical history remind us that "past is prologue,"2 and the century between publication and republication gives us hindsight to compare distant and seemingly dissimilar events.
See also p 1243.
Then and now, reports of clinical practice, scientific methods and discoveries, public health, political controversies, and concerns for the future filled the pages of The Journal.3 Even some of the 19th-century medical oddities seem to have relevance today. The first "JAMA 75 Years Ago," published in 1966 (8 years after THE Journal's 75th anniversary), revived reports from 1891 on military medicine, nursing, the infectious and genetic natures of leprosy, nocturnal enuresis treated by posture, the value of brevity in medical writing, and the art of catching cold.
In this issue we begin
Flanagin A. JAMA 100 Years Ago... In PerspectiveA New Column. JAMA. 1994;271(16):1284. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510400070036