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Jama marks 125 years of publication
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CHICAGO—To celebrate 125 years of publication, JAMA will republish online groundbreaking studies that have appeared in the Journal, along with Commentaries on the studies, throughout the coming year.

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The first issue of JAMA was published on July 14, 1883, and covered a wide range of topics, including tobacco smoking in children, blunt chest trauma and neurological disorders. Other articles in that issue described therapeutic interventions, such as treatment of otorrhea (an ear disorder) and diabetes and surgical techniques.

“Over the past 125 years, JAMA has published many important groundbreaking and practice-changing articles, some of which we now refer to as JAMA Classics. To celebrate our quasquicentennial, over the next year we will republish 24 of those classic articles online accompanied in print by a JAMA Classics Commentary that provides a brief summary of the original article and an update of the topic covered in the classic article. Whenever possible the Commentary will be written by individuals from the same institution as the authors of the classic article,” writes Catherine D. DeAngelis, M.D., M.P.H., Editor-in-Chief, and Phil B. Fontanarosa, M.D., M.B.A., Executive Deputy Editor, JAMA, in an editorial in the July 16 issue of JAMA.

To start this series, with this issue JAMA is publishing online the full text of the classic article “The Surgical Treatment of Malformations of the Heart in Which There Is Pulmonary Stenosis or Pulmonary Atresia”, authored by Alfred Blalock, M.D., and Helen B. Taussig, M.D. The accompanying Commentary in this issue of JAMA is authored by Anne Murphy, M.D., and Duke Cameron, M.D. All four authors are from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
(JAMA. 2008;300[3]:331.

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