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Editorial
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July 2012

Tradition and InnovationThe Archives of Ophthalmology and JAMA Ophthalmology

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Clinical Science Center, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2012;130(7):915-916. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2012.1960

Innovation is a tradition at the Archives of Ophthalmology. A century and a half ago, in ophthalmology's earliest days, an unusual journal appeared. Its editorial offices were in New York and Berlin, and the journal, named Archives of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, appeared in English and German versions. The preface of the first issue in 1869 contained a bold statement for a medical journal of that era: “In their selections the editors will give preference to those original papers in which speculation and theory are subordinate to direct observation and fact. Their greatest satisfaction will be to hear their readers continue to say ‘What we read in your journal, we can make use of.’”1(p1160)

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