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October 20, 1962

Revolutionary Medical Journalism

JAMA. 1962;182(3):314-315. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050420090027

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To Sidney Shindell, M.D. (alias Benson):—  After considerable thought, I venture to suggest these truths. As you know, there is a pattern in publishing house and scientific society press releases regarding new texts and journals. With a unanimity beyond dispute, sponsors of new publications suggest that their periodicals fulfill a unique need and are indispensable to the specialist or general practitioner. A journal of the type outlined by you and commended by many of us here can change this entire picture. Our effort would fulfill no need, perform no useful function, and, therefore, no problems or disputes could be created. The articles would not have to be read, meaning a considerable saving in time for the busy clinician or academician. Since no value could be attached to either the advertisements or the scientific content, most readers would soon suggest that the mailman leave their copies in the post office. This

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