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Journal celebrates 200 years of service

By Chelsea Conaboy
Globe Staff / January 16, 2012
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In 1819, French physician René Laennec published a description of the cacophony of sick lungs, deciphered with his new invention: the stethoscope. Some 18 months later, doctors in New England read about his discoveries in one of the early editions of what would become the venerable New England Journal of Medicine. It’s among the first of many enduring changes in medicine that were documented by the journal and are being celebrated this year as the publication reaches its 200th anniversary.

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