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Development of surgery in the United States has been unprecedented for its rapidity, its quality and its scientific character. Few, if any, would contest the claim that today American surgery leads all the world. In 1920, when the Archives of Surgery was established by the American Medical Association, there were but two important periodicals in the surgical field in this country. The space available was hardly sufficient for the publication of all contributions of value—seldom was it possible to publish articles of more than eight or ten pages. These restrictions prevented the publication of many important surgical contributions, especially in the field of experimental surgery. It is not surprising, therefore, that the Archives of Surgery has become in the intervening years the leading publication in the field of experimental surgery and that references to articles published in its pages constitute a large part of the bibliographies of articles on surgical
ARCHIVES OF SURGERY: NEW EDITORIAL DEVELOPMENTS. JAMA. 1939;113(1):60. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800260062015
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