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This issue of the Archives marks the 60th anniversary of the journal. The first issue, vol 1, No. 1, was in July 1920. Initially, the journal was published bimonthly so that there were three issues in 1920. Monthly publication began in July 1925. The idea for the journal began ten years earlier in 1910 when the American Medical Association first published the Archives of Internal Medicine. Requests came to the AMA to publish periodicals devoted to pediatrics and to surgery. According to a history of the Archives by Drs Waltman Walters and Morris Fishbein, the house of delegates and the board of trustees of the AMA made plans to proceed with publication of a journal of pediatrics, but there was concern about another publication in the field of surgery. This was probably due to the fact that there were in the United States two excellent publications devoted to surgery, the
BAUE AE. 60 Years of the Archives of SurgeryJuly 1920-July 1980. Arch Surg. 1980;115(7):809-811. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380070003001