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Celebrating 150 Years of the AMA and the First 100 Years of JAMA

Brian P. Pace, MA; George D. Lundberg, MD
JAMA. 1996;276(10):833. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540100077034.
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On May 7, 1847, the American Medical Association (AMA) was founded in Philadelphia, Pa, during the National Medical Convention. The AMA was initially established "for cultivating and advancing medical knowledge, for elevating the standard of medical education, for promoting the usefulness, honour, and interests of the Medical Profession; for enlightening and directing public opinion in regard to the duties, responsibilities and requirements of medical men."1 Many of these goals were accomplished by the AMA's early achievements in establishing a higher standard for medical education and more consistent and demanding licensing requirements for physicians. Since that time the AMA has grown in size and function, yet the initial goal to provide the most current scientific and clinical information to physicians and the public continues.

See also pp 841 and 845.

JAMA has had the privilege to participate in this mission by publishing some of the finest scientific information and clinical reports

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