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The word organ, in addition to its more familiar uses, can mean a publication that acts as a medium of communications between a group, a society, an editorial body, or even a single author and its readership. From the editor's point of view, a professional journal such as the Archives also seems to be an organism in that anabolic and catabolic forces strongly influence its life.
At this moment in its history the Archives, along with its sister scientific journals of the American Medical Association, is enjoying strong metabolic fluxes. Our Association has always been careful to consider its journals as nonprofit enterprises maintained as educational advantages for its membership and for all others who wish to subscribe. The result is that most of these publications have, by design, operated in the red, even though many have large circulations (that of the Archives of Surgery is over 40,000). Recently, as
WARREN R. Organ or Organism? Arch Surg. 1975;110(6):695. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360120013001
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