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At the AMA's 26th Clinical Convention, the House of Delegates strongly supported efforts by the Board of Trustees to exercise fiscal restraint. The action included, among other measures, discontinuation of free distribution of AMA specialty journals to members.
The new policy will become effective in July 1973. Meanwhile, AMA media will publicize the change, giving members ample opportunity to subscribe to specialty journals of their choice. At a cost of $12 a year ($18 for a two-year subscription), each specialty journal is a bargain. Estimates indicate that 50% or more of the members now receiving these journals will subscribe to one or more, thereby increasing revenues necessary to the Association's programs and affording opportunities for higher quality journalism without requiring a dues increase. Notices of the change will continue to appear periodically in The Journal of the American Medical Association and in each specialty journal, and convenient subscription blanks will
AMA Specialty Journals by Subscription. Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;89(3):175. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000040177001