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December 1, 1900


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JAMA. 1900;XXXV(22):1411. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620480031001g

The history of medical journalism in America is a story of progressiveness and success. After passing through many phases during the last century there has been evolved, during the past decade, a type of medical journal which is distinctly American, and I am inclined to think that it more nearly approaches the ideal than any other in the professional world. Our earliest lessons in journalism were taken from our French colleagues. The first medical journal published in the United States was called, A Journal of the Practice of Medicine and Surgery and Pharmacy in the Military Hospital of France, consisting principally of French translations.1 The next to appear was the Medical Repository, begun in 1779, and discontinued in 1824.

The earliest types of American medical journalism were dignified and scholarly, and but few of them exhibited any "news" qualities until the middle of the fourth decade. The Addisonian type