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February 20, 1967


JAMA. 1967;199(8):577-578. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120080111023

Do medical journals aid communication? Although most persons would consider the answer self-evident, some apparently disagree. For example, last April 4-6, a symposium on Biomedical Communications was held in New York City.1 The New York Academy of Sciences and the Audiovisual Facility of the USPHS sponsored the event. Among its distinguished list of speakers we look in vain for a medical editor; nor does the agenda contain any hint that medical journalism has a role in medical communication.

Since many problems exist in the broad area of medical communications, and in the narrower sphere of the medical journal, mutual discussion of these problems could aid in their solution. We believe that journals remain vital to communication within the profession. Fox2 divided the functions of a journal into the recording and storage of data and the more ephemeral, but nonetheless important, duties of a newspaper. Whichever function a journal