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JAMA in the Netherlands

Elizabeth Knoll, MPhil; George D. Lundberg, MD
JAMA. 1987;257(1):70. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390010074033.
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Because the annual Transactions, with their reports of cases and research, appeared too infrequently to satisfy the members of the young American Medical Association (AMA), the weekly Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) was founded in 1883. Under the editorship of Nathan S. Davis, MD, one of the founders of the AMA, who modeled his journal on the influential British Medical Journal, JAMA was intended to bring the newest contributions to medical science to its 3800 initial readers.1

From the beginning, JAMA had an international scope. Its early issues contain regular letters from London and Paris, written by JAMA's special correspondent, that reported on medical meetings and debates (the LETTERS FROM PARIS are full of discussions of Pasteur's controversial early attempts at vaccination against rabies). A MEDICAL PROGRESS section contained brief summaries of reports in European as well as American state journals. News stories on cholera epidemics


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