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November 4, 1988

Editorial Freedom and Integrity

JAMA. 1988;260(17):2563. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410170111048

A medical editor has to be a keeper of the conscience of a profession; if he tries to live up to this ideal he will be always getting into trouble.

Hugh Clegg, Quondam Editor, British Medical Journal1

At its annual meeting held at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md, on Sept 10 through 13, the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (The Vancouver Group) unanimously approved a statement regarding editorial freedom. The members of the group who were present are Edward J. Huth, MD, editor, Annals of Internal Medicine; Kathleen King, MRCPath, editor, the Medical Journal of Australia; Stephen P. Lock, MD, editor, the British Medical Journal; George D. Lundberg, MD, editor, The Journal of the American Medical Association; Magne Nylenna, MD, editor, Tidsskrift for Den Norkse Laegeforening; Arnold S. Relman, MD, editor in chief, New England Journal of Medicine; Dr Povl Riis, editor in chief, Danish