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Commentary
January 10, 2000

A Second Century for the Archives of Internal Medicine

Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(1):15-18. doi:10.1001/archinte.160.1.15

WITH THIS first issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine in the year 2000, it seems appropriate to review its origins and progress in the 20th century. The Archives of Internal Medicine was established in 1908 as the first journal in the English language devoted to internal medicine.1 It owes its origin to "many clinicians" who petitioned the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1907.1 They suggested the publication of a journal devoted to scientific clinical medicine and stated that "There was no journal in the English language covering the field outlined." The statement that there was no journal devoted to scientific medicine in the English language seems curious, given that many medical journals printed in English were in circulation in 1908, as shown in Table 1.

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