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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: On behalf of the council and membership of the Society of General Internal Medicine, we object in the strongest terms to the capricious and arbitrary dismissal of Dr Lundberg as editor of the AMA's preeminent journal, JAMA.1

The AMA's action is an unvarnished attack on the principles of academic freedom and editorial independence, both of which are fundamental to the role of medical journals in advancing science and medical practice. This action is especially objectionable given JAMA's position as one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world. It is ironic that JAMA has achieved this stature in large part because of Lundberg's imaginative and effective editorial leadership.