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The Origin and Growth of Medical Journals

Christopher C. Booth, MD
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Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(5):398-402. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-113-5-398
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The story of medical publishing begins with the Renaissance when the development of new technology led to the printing and publication of books. During the scientific revolution that followed in Europe, the new generation of scientists initially brought their work before the public in published books, and, for the most part, they published in Latin, the lingua franca of their time. In England, however, some time elapsed before medical matters were published in books, particularly if their authors were promulgating ideas that challenged contemporary thought. In 1628, for example, William Harvey published De Motu Cordis in Leyden and Frankfurt in


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