On July 14, 1883, the first issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association was published in Chicago under the founding editorship of Nathan S. Davis, MD, whose portrait graces the cover of this week's issue. We now begin the 100th year of consecutive publication of The Journal. The progress that has occurred in medical science and practice in this century is astonishing. The state of accelerating acceleration of current change is so obvious to many of us today that it blunts the impact of just how much has occurred in this past 100 years.
We intend to observe this centennial during a period of two years. The first phase is initiated today with the cover, the cover story (p 147), this editorial, and the initial offering of Lester King, MD (p 217), who will provide a series of essays, to appear monthly, under the general heading MEDICINE IN