August 1973

Complimentary Subscription to AMA Specialty Journals

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Arch Surg. 1973;107(2):348. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350200208043

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To the Editor.—The letter by J. Garrott Allen, MD, in the Archives (106:363, 1973) raises an important issue.

I have contributed four articles to the Archives in the last four years, and I have chosen that journal primarily because it does have the largest circulation of any surgical journal. Consequently, I have gotten more reprint requests than from other articles published in other journals. This allows me to find out which authors are doing active research in similar fields, leading to fruitful professional relationships and, hopefully, the furtherance of medical knowledge.

To do anything that threatens to diminish the circulation of the Archives will decrease its present high quality. I, thus, fully agree that the Board of Trustees must reconsider their action and continue to support the automatic subscription to a specialty journal.

News has been published in AMA News and JAMA to the effect that the Board

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