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JAMA 100 Years Ago
February 25, 2004


JAMA. 2004;291(8):1010. doi:10.1001/jama.291.8.1010-a

With the new year a number of changes in medical journals are to be noted. Some have succumbed in the struggle to make ends meet, some have been merged into others, and in some communities new journals have come into being to aid the spread of medical science among the members of the profession. Among the latter are the Los Angeles Medical Journal and the Medical Reporter, the latter being from Shreveport, La. If one may judge by the first few numbers of these monthlies, they will be of value to the local profession, in the broad but practical scope of their contents. We have often referred to the shortsightedness of the practitioner who does not take, or who fails to read, at least one weekly scientific medical journal, national in character, that he may keep up with the current practice of his profession. At the same time, he should take his local publication and support it enthusiastically. Such a journal has a sphere of usefulness as a representative of the physicians and as a mouthpiece of the organized profession of the territory it covers. Where two or more journals draw for support from the same field, consolidation will avoid waste and make for a better journal. It may reduce the number of editors, but it will benefit the readers and the profession as a whole. There are few exceptions where rivalry is a stimulus to excellence. The value of consolidation is recognized in the recent merging of the Medical Dial into the Northwestern Lancet, these two journals having for some time occupied the same field in Minnesota. Both of these journals have been very ably edited, and the Lancet should now be better than ever. The Journal of the Kansas State Medical Society has absorbed the Wichita Medical Journal and the Western Medical Journal. This leaves only one medical journal in Kansas, and though a small publication, it is an able and wide-awake representative of the profession of the state. Quality is preferable to quantity, and growth will follow. Among other changes we note the suspension of the Journal of Tuberculosis, and the consolidation of the Archives of Pediatrics and the International Medical Magazine under the name of the former.

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