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October 4, 1995

And Then There Were None: The Demise of National Medical Television

Author Affiliations

Greenwich, Conn

JAMA. 1995;274(13):1015. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530130021019

To the Editor.  —Your editorial comments in JAMA concerning "The Demise of National Medical Television"1 are right on target! As the founding director of the National Medical Audiovisual Center (NMAC), I can attest to the value of a national policy governing information important to the future of the health sciences. During the NMAC's lifetime, we were successful in assisting schools of the health professions establish departments of biomedical communication, offering such technical assistance as was required. A course was charted in the production area, and prototype materials were prepared and made widely available. A demonstration (Community Medical Television System) was created, and the first schedule of "live" programming was received at installations in and around Atlanta, Ga. Program offerings included surgery, medicine, and other specialties, and scheduled viewing times were made known to personnel in all cooperating installations. With the New York Academy of Sciences, the NMAC sponsored an

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