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AMA Specialty Journals and the Crises in Health Education

Daniel X. Freedman, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;28(3):307. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.01750330009001.
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In the interest of fiscal restraint, the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association have, among other measures, discontinued free distribution of the AMA specialty journals to members. Members will continue to receive the weekly issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Each of the 12 specialty journals is available at a cost of $12 for the year ($18 for a two-year subscription). These are startlingly low subscription costs, and it is believed that 50% or more of the members now receiving specialty journals, and the 11,000 psychiatrist members of AMA, will subscribe to one or more, thereby increasing revenues necessary to sustain the scientific and continuing education and other academic endeavors of the association without a mandatory dues increase.

We are in an era that is marked by rapid changes—and by proposals for drastic and unplanned change—not only


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