What Is the "British Medical Journal"?


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The "British Medical Journal" is a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal. The name was changed to "The BMJ" in 2014. It prints research, editorial perspectives, clinical reviews and current medical advances. It is a proponent of evidence-based medicine. "The BMJ" helps doctors and medical organizations from around the world with major health care challenges.

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What Is the "British Medical Journal"?
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The journal started printing Oct. 3, 1840, as the "Provincial Medical and Surgical Journal." It was sent to every member of the provincial Medical and Surgical Association. The first editors were P. Hennis Green, the founder and a lecturer on children's diseases at the Hunterian School of Medicine, and Robert Streeten, a member of the PMSA council. "British Medical Journal's" first issue was 16 pages and had three woodcut illustrations. It also had book reviews, case notes, clinical papers and a shortened version of Henry Warburton's medical reform bill.

"The BMJ" prints theme issues yearly, including "Health in Africa" and "Global Voices on the AIDS Catastrophe." There are four paper editions of "The BMJ" as of 2015: the General Practice edition for general practitioners, International edition for international subscribers, Compact edition for retired British Medical Association members and the Clinical Research edition for hospital doctors. Fiona Godlee is the editor-in-chief of "The BMJ." She was appointed editor in 2005, and she is the first female editor of the journal.

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