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January 25, 1958


JAMA. 1958;166(4):375. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990040061012

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The American Medical Association publishes monthly nine specialty journals covering the fields of internal medicine, industrial medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, neurology and psychiatry, and dermatology. Some of these have been sponsored by the association for several decades, but all were created on request to meet special needs. Each has its own editorial board, and except for broad editorial policies the affairs of each journal are conducted to meet the demands placed on that periodical. From time to time a specialty journal has modified its coverage, but almost without exception each modification has permitted inclusion of more areas of interest for the readers. Obviously, financial limitations which are increasingly important to all publishers at times pose pressing problems. Also important is any change in medical need for editorial attention. For example, other journals may be developed which lessen the need that existed for the specialty journal when it was

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