Author Affiliations: Dr Mark is a Contributing Editor and Dr Glass is Interim Coeditor, JAMA.
Technological progress, even when it is real progress, often leads to
new problems, difficult choices, and unforeseen dilemmas. The balancing of
potential benefits and risks that is part of even routine medical practice
is highlighted by the impact of new technologies in medicine.
With this fundamental tension as a likely stimulus, the editors of 89
medical journals from around the world voted to select "Impact of New Technologies
in Medicine" as the topic for the 1999 global theme issue.1
This is the third global theme issue selected by medical journals internationally;
the first 2 were "Emerging and Reemerging Global Microbial Threats"2 and "Aging."3 A total
of 42 medical journals have indicated their participation in the current global
theme issue by devoting all or some of their pages to this topic in November
1999 (a list of these journals is available online at http://jama.ama-assn.org/info/links.html).
We hope that the simultaneous contributions of so many journals devoted to
this topic will spark discussion and sharing of ideas and help lead to better
understanding and solutions to some of the problems resulting from the impact
of new technologies on health care.
Mark DH, Glass RM. Impact of New Technologies in MedicineA Global Theme Issue. JAMA. 1999;282(19):1875. doi:10.1001/jama.282.19.1875