For many years the New York Medical Record was the leading medical weekly in America. Next to the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, it represented, better than any other journal, the best there was in American medicine. William Wood & Company, the owners, for nearly fifty years—practically since the present nominal head of the house, William H. S. Wood, in 1863, became a member of the firm—have conducted an exclusive medical book publishing business. The imprint of the firm has been on the title page of some of the best medical works this country has produced. This medical book and journal publishing business is presumed to have been and to be a paying one. The journal-publishing part, especially the Record, undoubtedly has been a source of a comfortable annual revenue.
The patronage of William Wood & Company, as medical publishers, came from the better class of physicians—those who read