Time present and time past," says T. S. Eliot,1 "are both perhaps present in time future, and time future contained in time past." It is true. One of the nearly godlike advantages man possesses is his ability to perceive time past, which is, paradoxically, sometimes his most useful time. No longer is vision slowed by a harelike evolutionary tempo. Events which are similar and events which are not similar can be lifted out of their context of years and compared side by side. The power to do this gives a sensation of a sort of instant, painless progress which can indeed be heady. From the past comes our impetus to the future.
It is eight years already since The Journal passed its diamond milestone. Since that first issue in 1883, which went to 6,000 subscribers, until this issue, which is going to more than 212,000 subscribers, great forward chapters
PRELUDE TO THE PRESENT. JAMA. 1966;195(9):774. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100090108025