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May 5, 2020

Forty Years of A Piece of My Mind

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Associate Editor, JAMA
  • 3Deputy Editor, JAMA
JAMA. 2020;323(17):1651-1652. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.3760

Forty years ago, in 1980, Jimmy Carter was president. Pac-Man debuted. In medicine, smallpox was declared to be eradicated. Additionally, on May 9, 1980, A Piece of My Mind was inaugurated in JAMA. The first essay, “Tuna on Rye, 1984,” was written by then–senior editor Samuel Vaisrub under the pen name Sam Vee.1 He introduced the column with an editorial entitled “For the Peace of Your Mind.”2