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December 19, 1908

Bound Volumes of The Journal—A Proposition on Which Comments Are Desired.

JAMA. 1908;LI(25):2174-2175. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540250074014

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Montecito, Calif., Dec. 2, 1908.

To the Editor:  —I have a proposition for the consideration of The Journal, and incidentally for criticism by members of the Association. The Journal is naturally that medium which first brings to the notice of the bulk of the profession anything that is new in the science of medicine. We read the results of investigations first as news and later, as we wish to apply them in our own practice, we look up the back numbers of The Journal to refresh our memory. It seems to me that this reference feature of the paper has never been adequately emphasized and exploited, as compared with its other function of new-giving. I am of the opinion that on reflection most members will admit that the former is as important as—is, in fact, the complement of—the other.The man who is throwing aside his copies of The Journal

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