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March 7, 1891

Shall The Journal be Removed to Washington?

JAMA. 1891;XVI(10):359. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410620034022

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To the Editor:  —Why should The Journal go to Washington? The question is full of suggestion. Why should it have been established at Chicago? Clearly because it was a convenient centre, with no East and no West, whence it could most speedily communicate with all points.Has it ceased to be our great central metropolis? Then Congress made a mistake in locating the world's greatest exposition.Are paper, and ink, and printing presses no longer at its command, or are mailing facilities unequal to its demands, or have all the brains of the Nation gravitated to its Eastern slope?We grant "the sun rises in the East to open and illume the day," but she travels westward, and at high noon is its beauty and glory.Whilst Chicago will long remain the central metropolis of America and the most convenient home for its great medical journal, no one section, no

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