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January 19, 2000

Editors and Owners of Scientific Journals

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(3):335-336. doi:10.1001/jama.283.3.335

To the Editor: Certainly, as Dr Rennie suggests,1 the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) is very much aware of its responsibilities as steward of the New England Journal of Medicine. We know that our guarantee of editorial independence is a necessary condition for the integrity of content. Furthermore, as Rennie points out, the editorial independence of the journal's editors has never been in dispute. Rather than dictate content, our role as publishers is to provide an environment in which editors and their colleagues are free to explore all areas of medicine and to follow the truth, wherever it leads them.

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