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July 3, 1967

DRS. JOSEPH GARLAND AND FRANZ INGELFINGER: A Splendid Heritage and a Challenge for the NEJM

JAMA. 1967;201(1):54. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130010080017

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Sir Theodore Fox described two major types of medical journals, recorders of medical data and medical "newspapers." The latter retain the traditional function of interpreting and criticizing. There are a few general or all-purpose journals in world medical literature which possess prominent features of both classes of medical communication. The New England Journal of Medicine, by unanimous affirmation, is considered to be a distinguished member of this select list of periodicals. It is, of course, not coincidental that this well-deserved reputation was attained during Dr. Garland's tenure as editor-in-chief because the international character of the New England Journal of Medicine is due in large measure to his leadership. Regretfully, but with great inner pride, Dr. Garland retires from his Journal with the current issue. The Journal of the American Medical Association congratulates him upon a job superbly done for almost a generation and expresses the hope that he will continue