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Three principal sources of embarassment have been encountered in conducting the Journal thus far, the brief statement of which will naturally lead to the important suggestions for improvements. First, the absence of any definite rule in regard to the time when members of the Association who do not attend the annual meetings shall pay to the treasurer their annual membership dues, has led so many of them into the habit of postponing such payment until near the end of the year, that the editor or business manager of the Journal cannot know, even proximately, at the commencement of the year how many copies will be needed to supply the membership, nor can he have any reliable knowledge of the amount of money which will be available for paying for editorial work, in the various directions necessary for making the Journal what all parties wish it to be. For instance, in
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.—SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE MANAGEMENT. JAMA. 1885;IV(13):347–348. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390880011003
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