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January 27, 1962

J. G. OF THE N. E. J. M.

JAMA. 1962;179(4):284. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050040038008

On Jan. 13, 1962, the Committee on Publications of the Massachusetts Medical Society celebrated the 150th anniversary of the New England Journal of Medicine at the Harvard Club of Boston. It was a splendidly delightful affair, with proper acclamation to John Collins Warren and James Jackson, responsible entrepreneurs for the early years of the periodical.1 The title of the conservative New England creation has been changed from a provincial to an urban and back to a provincial identification.2"The New England Journal of Medicine and Surgery and the Collateral Branches of Science.. Conducted by a Number of Physicians," first appeared as a quarterly in 1812. This was a decade before Wakley began the publication of the Lancet in London, a journal over the years that has been remarkably similar to the New England Journal. Particularly worthy of note has been the selfdetermination of the editorial policy, while at