In 1869, William Wood & Co, Publishers (New York) announced that the first publication of the Archives of Ophthalmology and Otology, now known as JAMA Ophthalmology, would be issued in May for a subscription price of $7 per year. Now, 150 years later, in May 2019, the journal celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary. It is an honor and privilege to serve as only the ninth Editor in Chief of JAMA Ophthalmology, following Herman J. Knapp, MD, and his son, Arnold Herman Knapp, MD (1869-1950), Francis H. Adler, MD (1950-1960), David Cogan, MD (1960-1966), Henry F. Allen, MD (1966-1976), Frederick C. Blodi, MD (1976-1984), Morton F. Goldberg, MD (1984-1994), and Daniel M. Albert, MD (1994-2013). As the French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr said in the January 1849 issue of his journal Les Guêpes (“The Wasps”), just 20 years before the birth of JAMA Ophthalmology: “Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose”; the more things change, the more they remain the same. This phrase is as relevant to the world of peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals today as ever.
Bressler NM, Bauchner H. Announcing the 150th Anniversary of JAMA Ophthalmology—Sesquicentennial, 1869 to 2019. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019;137(4):345–347. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.0161
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