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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 January 15, 1999, Dr Anderson "abruptly dismissed" Dr Lundberg.1 Officially, Lundberg was fired because he "threatened the historic tradition and integrity of [JAMA] by inappropriately and inexcusably interjecting JAMA into a major political debate that has nothing to do with science or medicine."

What really happened was a major blow to the editorial freedom, independence, and integrity of a major journal. January 15, 1999, will be remembered as one of the saddest days of independence in publishing, a day when Anderson took us 100 years backward or transferred us to the times of Communist-style management. There are several important points to learn and remember: