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February 16, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(7):252-253. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430070028007

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An old member of the Association, and one whose business qualifications have commanded scarcely less respect than his known professional skill, has sent the editor a copy of a letter he addressed to a friend who consulted him about starting a new medical journal.

The reply ran something like this:

My Dear Doctor:  —Your courteous letter asking my advice about starting a new journal is at hand, and in answer I have to say frankly that in my opinion we have too many medical journals now. Let us do our best to improve those we have, by contributions and pecuniary support and thus advance American medical literature.Yours very truly, —No one can look over the list of medical journals without realizing that our fellow member told the truth. The essence of success lies in concentration. The scattering of energy and force is sheer waste. There are many medical

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