The Archives of Surgery in July 1995 will complete 75 years of continuous publication. A journey into the writings of our surgical predecessors and their scientific contributions printed in this journal are truly inspiring. Their creativity, knowledge, and persistence were skillfully used to investigate, diagnose, and treat many diseases considered incurable. The frontiers opened by these surgical investigators have made these 75 years hyperdynamic. This review by the editor will appeal to the interests of surgeons, editors, educators, and historians. Dean Lewis, noted surgeon from Chicago, Ill, played a prominent role in the embryogenesis of the Archives of Surgery (AOS) and served as the initial chief editor. Other contributors to this commemorative issue will review much of the historical data surrounding the AOS founding activities.
The Archives of Surgery as a publication was not then nor is it now a sui generis entity. Its contents over this 75-year period reflect