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For thirty-four years it had been the custom of the American Medical Association to publish, each year, a single volume containing the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting for that year and such papers as were referred for publication.
As time went on and the Association work was more extended these Transactions became more and more voluminous. The work of editorial supervision came to be a serious one, and the necessary delay incident to publication led to an extended discussion of methods, until finally it was determined that instead of issuing the Transactions in single annual volumes, a weekly medical journal should be substituted, in which during each year the entire proceedings of the Association for that year and the papers read in the several Sections should be published, and in order that The Journal might be still more valuable to the members, it was decided to provide for the publication
CONCLUSION OF VOLUME XIII. JAMA. 1889;XIII(26):924. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.04440080022008
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