On September 27, 1976, the medical profession lost one of its most distinguished and important members with the death of Morris Fishbein. His place in medicine was not secured by providing medical care nor by laboring in the research laboratory. His contributions were those of editor, author, lecturer, teacher, critic, and philosopher, and in these roles he was unsurpassed.
Endowed with a prodigious memory, a brilliant intellect, and tireless energy, he became medicine's most colorful, well-known, and influential person.
Shortly after he graduated from Rush Medical College in 1913, Doctor Fishbein became assistant to Dr George H. Simmons, editor of The Journal of the American Medical Association. In 1924 he succeeded to the editorship of this journal, a position he held until 1950. The Journal, first published in 1883, has had 12 editors to this date, and of these, Morris Fishbein held the editorship the longest. Counting his term as
Barclay WR. Morris Fishbein, MD—1889-1976 Editor of JAMA—1924-1950. JAMA. 1976;236(19):2212. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270200050033
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