Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The Councilors of the Society decided at the Los Angeles meeting that the JOURNAL would be published on a monthly basis and that the first issue would be July of 1988. This is that issue, bringing to fruition an intent voiced by many since the first appearance of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine in January, 1921.

The foreword of that initial issue reads in part:

“The reason for the existence of this new JOURNAL can be summed up in two statements: specialization is necessary for progress, and self expression is necessary for specialists. Specialization in tropical diseases has had a notable place in the medical work of our country and has been responsible for progress along many lines, not the least part of which has been due to the personnel of the Government Services. The story, however, is a continued one. Many diseases in the southern and border states still require the attention of specialists in tropical diseases.


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