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Dr. Joseph Garland, editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, in an article on "Editorials and Medical Journalism" (World M. A. Bull. 3:8-14 [Jan.] 1951) quotes from the second edition of "Webster's New Internationl Dictionary," published in 1949. In this dictionary an editorial is defined as "a leading article in a newspaper or magazine; an editorial article; an article published as an expression of the views of the editor or those of the person or persons in control of the paper." In his most interesting paper, Garland outlines the background of modern medical journalism. In commenting on medical editorials he divides them into (1) scientific editorials, which "may refer to a specific published article, emphasizing its highlights, or it may summarize the existing knowledge of some new development in the field of medicine," and (2) all others "that seek to clear some of the perplexing problems.... but it
Walters W. NEW EDITORIAL SECTION. AMA Arch Surg. 1951;63(1):1. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1951.01250040004001