With mod graphics and a spacious layout difficult to duplicate in these days of greater conservation, the first edition of Contempo appeared in early 1978. From its inception, 5 years after THE Journal's installation of an editorial board, Contempo has been a means by which the members of that board further a critical objective of The Journal: to keep physicians up-to-the-minute and inform them of developments in fields other than their own.
There were 18 Contempo contributions in that first issue, and their subject matter reflected the expertise of the editorial board members. Some on the board were recruited because they could represent the many disciplines that contribute to the content of a general medical journal such as ours. Others joined because they edited one of the American Medical Association's specialty journals. In any case, the selection of topics to be included that first year was simple enough: Ask
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