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November 28, 1990

The AMA Specialty Journals: Everyone, Including Grunts, Squeals Unfair

Author Affiliations

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

JAMA. 1990;264(20):2627. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450200034026

To the Editor. —  In response to your article entitled "Reaching the Readers: Experience With the AMA Specialty Journals,"1 I am writing to inform you of bias in the selection of distribution of your specialty journals based on mail surveys.I am an osteopathic physician (DO) who trained in AMA-approved residency programs and am certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. I currently serve as a staff pediatrician in the primary health care clinics of the City of Cincinnati. In addition, a colleague and I recently published results of our research in a well-known peer-reviewed pediatric journal.Although not a member of the AMA, I was until recently receiving gratis copies of the American Journal of Diseases of Children. After not having received several issues, I inquired and was told that surveys revealed a low readership for osteopathic physicians and I was therefore excluded from the free subscription lists.In