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On Thu, 31 Mar 1994 [log in to unmask] wrote:
 
> ------------------------------------------- 1 April 1994 ----
>   Urgent appeal on title change regarding JAMA and CMAJ.
> -------------------------------------------------------------
>
> As many of you know by now from all the leaks that have gotten
> out, NAFTA and the various health care reform initiatives have
> led to the impending amalgamation of the medical associations
> of the U.S. and Canada, with Mexico soon to follow once certain
> side deals are worked out.  I have been approached by a
> representative of the former Canadian association who is on
> the working group that will oversee the merger of the national
> journals, JAMA and CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association
> Journal).  He has asked me to informally survey my colleagues
> on the best title for the new journal:
>
>    North American Medical Association Journal (NAMAJ)
>      or
>    Journal of the North American Medical Association (JNAMA).
>
> NAMAJ makes for a pronounceable acronym, but JNAMA would shelve
> closer to JAMA on the shelf.  Woe unto them who shelve JAMA
> under American Medical Association.  Anyway, I thought I'd
> solicit input from MEDLIB-L as this decision will have
> consequences for us all.  The Mexican medical journal
> will of course be included once the side deals are complete.
> Please vote using the handy dandy form below.
>  _
> |_|   NAMAJ
>  _
> |XX_|   JNAMA
>  _
> |_|   Write your own: _______________________
>
> PS: as far as I've heard, in the interests of equity, ALL
>     North American subscribers will be considered "foreign"
>     and will receive their mailings from headquarters in
>     Europe.  The foreign surcharge has yet to be worked out.
>     Heh heh.
>
> !PS 2:April Fool!
>                                     Jenny Reiswig
>                     Toronto East General Hospital
>                   [log in to unmask]
>
> PS 3: Please send all flame remarks about this highly inappropriate
> use of this forum to me personally.  So there.
>