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July 1995

The Surgical Journal in the Year 2000

Author Affiliations

Samuel A. Wells, Jr, MD, editor of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, is currently Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, Washington School of Medicine, St Louis, Mo. Dr Wells was previously editor of the World Journal of Surgery and is widely recognized for his clinical and basic science research in endocrinology. Dr Wells has held numerous leadership positions in American surgery.

Arch Surg. 1995;130(7):732-733. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1995.01430070054009

IN THE early 1900s The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) had the largest circulation of any medical periodical in the world. For some time the editors had planned to establish a surgical journal because it was not possible to publish all the contributions submitted to the surgical section of JAMA. Furthermore, many surgical articles were highly technical in nature and of little interest to the general readership. Thus, in 1920 the Archives of Surgery began publication, directed by a prestigious editorial board composed of Dean Lewis of Chicago, Ill, Hugh Cabot of Ann Arbor, Mich, Thomas Cullen of Baltimore, Md, William Darrach of New York, NY, Evarts A. Graham of St Louis, Mo, and William J. Mayo of Rochester, Minn.

At the time there were only two other major surgical periodicals—the Annals of Surgery, edited by Lewis S. Pilcher, and Surgery Gynecology and Obstetrics, edited by Franklin

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