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October 7, 1992

Medical Journals and Medical Knowledge: Historical Essays

Author Affiliations

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

JAMA. 1992;268(13):1778. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490130166051

We are treated here to a baker's dozen of interesting and stimulating essays on medical journalism in Great Britain and the United States over a period of 300 years, beginning with the "scientific revolution." There are few periods that mark such a deep change in ideas, manners, and methods of confronting nature, with the concomitant baggage of history in developing new means of communicating scientific information. The field of medical journalism seamlessly carried along with it the forms and methods of disseminating information from the 17th and 18th centuries into the 19th and 20th.

The essays grew out of a conference held in London, England, in 1990 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the British Medical Journal, the organ of the British Medical Association. It is not by any means solely a celebration of the genesis and continued importance of that journal, which has played a significant role