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Until the commencement of the Journal in July, 1883, the proceedings and papers of the association had been published in one volume, each year varying in size from 500 to 1,000 octavo pages. For many years past the annual volume has not reached the table of the members of the association until from seven to nine months after the annual meeting at which the papers, addresses, resolutions, etc., composing its contents had been prepared and presented by their authors. By such delay much of the influence upon the profession expected from the proceeding of each meeting was entirely lost, and it became a common remark that few of the papers were ever read except by their authors. One of the strong arguments in favor of changing to the publication of a weekly journal, was that it would bring the full record of proceedings of each annual meeting directly into the
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1885;IV(11):292. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390860012003
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