March 1960

The Impact of a Policy

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1960;99(3):259. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.02070030261001

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At its meeting at Atlantic City, June 5-11, 1959, the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association took several actions with respect to its specialty journals. Two concern the readers of the A.M.A. Journal of Diseases of Children. 1. "In addition to The Journal of the American Medical Association each dues-paying member may receive a specialty journal of his choice as a benefit of membership." 2. "The prime objective of each specialty journal will be the publication of scientific information in the general field of interest in the specialty toward which it is directed."

The first action has had an immediate and profound effect. Whereas in recent years our circulation was comparable to that of the two other major pediatric journals, this issue will reach at least 26,000 subscribers—almost three times as many as one year ago. Men of science, not unlike other humans, usually want their written work

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