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The press, and the power of the printed word, has enormous standing within our culture. Indeed, the press of all sorts is singled out by the appellation "The Fourth Estate," equal in the views of those who use the term to the legislature, the presidency, the military, and the church. The temptations to abuse this power are many. Thus, it is absolutely essential that the activities of the press take place in an atmosphere of honesty and objectivity. Over the past 20 years or so, I have been privileged to work with the Archives of Surgery, first on its editorial board and now as an occasional reviewer, in addition to other dealings. In my view, the Archives has been extremely fortunate to be able to retain the aura of objectivity in dealing with its authors and the public. Critical to that ability has been the single most important characteristic of
Fischer JE. 75th Anniversary of the ARCHIVES. Arch Surg. 1995;130(9):1022. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1995.01430090108033