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THE INFLUENCE OF MEDICAL JOURNALS ON THE MARCH OF SCIENCE. Read before the American Medical Editors' Association at Newport.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(10):337-340. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401070013002b.
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In January, 1889, there were published in this country and Canada, 142 journals which claimed to represent the science and art of medicine.

The influence these journals have on the march of medical science opens up a field of unusual interest.

The profession are every year depending more and more on medical journals for contemporaneous history, criticism, and guidance, and every year these journals are giving more accurate records of the movements of science, of the rise and fall of theories, of the evolutions and revolutions that follow along the line of medical scientific discovery.

The time has come when accurate conceptions- and misconceptions of truth must seek a hearing through the press. Books are too slow, pamphlets- are not read, the medical journals must present and defend the facts and theories continously and persistently. Any theory supported in books alone has little chance of attracting attention. No matter how


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