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November 17, 1999

Impact of New Technologies in Medicine: A Global Theme Issue

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Mark is a Contributing Editor and Dr Glass is Interim Coeditor, JAMA.

JAMA. 1999;282(19):1875. doi:10.1001/jama.282.19.1875

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.