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The newspaper and periodical directories contain a list of what are called class publications; that is, periodicals that are published in the interest of a certain class. These journals are supposed to stand for, to represent, a particular trade, calling or profession. The functions of such journals are to represent and to uphold the interests of the classes for which they stand and to publish such matter as is of direct interest to their readers. Medical journals are class publications and as such are supposed to represent the interests of medical men. It is presumed that their reading pages will contain articles that will be helpful to physicians; that will enlighten them on subjects in which they are interested, and that will keep them informed on all matters that they should know. Their reading pages are not supposed to be bartered to those belonging to another class or to represent
CLASS PUBLICATIONS.. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(11):880. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500380044011
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