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April 3, 1967


JAMA. 1967;200(1):66. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120140124026

The first issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association appeared in 1883, thirty-six years after the Association was founded. In the interval between 1847 and 1883, the AMA published an annual volume of Transactions, which served as repository for the minutes of meetings and for some scientific communications. Although the Transactions contain much of historic value, they evidently were not satisfactory as a medium of communications: "These volumes were frequently late in their appearance, insufficiently edited and poorly published."1 Many AMA members complained, and several individuals made sporadic efforts to replace the Transactions with a journal. The model cited was always the British Medical Journal, which was not only a fine periodical, but a profitable one for its parent association. In his presidential address in 1880, Dr. Lewis Sayre devoted himself particularly to the need for a weekly journal, and his speech probably represents the beginning of