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January 5, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XII(1):21. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400780023003

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"Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see,

Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be."


In assuming editorial charge of this Journal, I prefer to make no promise now, but to let the manner of performance tell its own story, and take the place of previous promise. I am fully aware of the great responsibilities of the task, and of the great interests of the Association to be upheld by The Journal; but the fact is recognized that the strong and active coöperation of the members of the oldest, largest and most successful Medical Association of America, will make the work easy, and in proportion to that coöperation, The Journal will correspondingly benefit the Association.

The relative value of The Journal to its membership will depend upon the faithfulness with which it mirrors the existing state of medical knowledge as taught and practiced, and I therefore ask

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