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May 19, 1999

The Firing of Dr Lundberg

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(19):1789. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-19-jbk0519

To the Editor: I was quite upset, to say the least, that Dr Lundberg was fired from JAMA after being its editor for 17 years.1 I have been a member of the AMA and a delegate to the New Hampshire State Medical Society for more than 20 years. For the past 3 years, I have been president of the Grafton County Medical Society. Whenever I try to recruit new members, I consistently get denials due to the perception that the AMA is an organization whose sole purpose is to benefit the physician. In the past, I could always point to JAMA and Lundberg for his integrity and his challenging editorials. Lundberg, during his tenure, had not shied away from sensitive issues. He was able to stimulate our collective consciousness on a number of public health issues, eg, the uninsured, smoking, domestic violence, and handguns.

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