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July 6, 1994

Journal of Medical Biography

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois at Chicago

JAMA. 1994;272(1):76. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520010094044

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According to the editor, J. M. H. Moll, the Journal of Medical Biography began with the intention of filling an important gap by offering a vehicle for regular and systematic coverage in the field of medical biography. He adds that this journal will provide "food for intellectual curiosity, scope for rigorous scholarship, and ideas for a constellation of interesting topics." Even a casual browsing of its first four issues will convince the reader that the journal is well on its way to achieving all the above goals in admirable fashion.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this journal is its structure. The topics are divided into sections covering different categories of medical biography, ie, "Physicians," "Surgeons," "Investigators," "Places," "Patients," "Bibliographies," "Iconographies," "Collections," "Moments," and even "Truants." In addition, there are anniversary profiles, book reviews, and a delightful assortment of short pieces included in sections on eponyms, historical vignettes, and plaques

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