PERCEPTIONS OF medical journals change slowly. The Archives of Internal Medicine has always been known as a good journal, but some of our readers and contributors may not realize just how much progress the journal has made over the last few months and years. At the risk of seeming immodest, and with the Editor's indulgence, here are some of the "secrets" of the Archives.
The Archives has the second highest readership of any journal in the internal medicine field, according to both independent research services (FOCUS and Media-Chek) that measure readership of medical journals. This is not really new; the Archives has held the number two position consistently for several years. In a specialty as crowded with publications as internal medicine, this is a major achievement. We are grateful to the many thousands of internists and internal medicine subspecialists who read some or all of every issue of the