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December 12, 1953


JAMA. 1953;153(15):1365-1366. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940320037015

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Elsewhere in this issue, Adler traces, evaluates, and speculates on the past, present, and future of ophthalmic journalism in the United States. Ever since the first American journal devoted exclusively to ophthalmology appeared in 1862, subsequent journals have been published in response either to the growth of scientific organizations or to the increasing number of physicians specializing in ophthalmology. Ophthalmic periodicals attained their numerical height at the turn of the present century, but since then the number has gradually fallen off; of 27 journals published since 1862, only 13 have survived.

How well these 13 periodicals now extant carry out their functions and obligations to ophthalmologists at large can be determined readily enough. Since no single ophthalmic journal can conceivably perform all functions equally well, it is not surprising that specialization has developed in the interests and content of the various journals in the field. In general, the functions of

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