—The present number closes the first volume of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
It was the original intention to have the Journal commence the first week in July, that the volumes might represent the even half years, commencing with July and January of each year. Owing to unavoidable causes, the first number was not issued until the second week in July, and consequently this volume closes with the 25th instead of the 26th number.
In commencing a work of such magnitude as this, we expected to meet with embarrassments that would subject us and our work to more or less criticism, and in this respect we have not been disappointed. To publish and distribute three or four thousand copies of a journal of this size each week, not only requires a printing establishment containing an ample supply of type and corps of compositors, but also a well-trained and