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Medical journal

A medical journal is a peer-reviewed scientific journal which communicates medical information to physicians and other health professionals. Journals that cover many medical specialties are sometimes called general medical journals.[1]



The first medical journals were general medical journals, and were established in the late 18th century; specialty-specific medical journals were first introduced in the early 20th century.[2] The first medical journal to be published in the United States was The Medical Repository, established in 1797;[3] the first to be published in the United Kingdom was Medical Essays and Observations, established in 1731 and published in Edinburgh.[4]


Richard Smith, the former editor of the medical journal the BMJ, has been critical of many of the aspects of modern-day medical journal publishing.[2][5]

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  1. ^ Stevens, Lise M.; Lynm, Cassio; Glass, Richard M. (2006-04-19). "Medical Journals". JAMA. 295 (15). doi:10.1001/jama.295.15.1860. ISSN 0098-7484. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, R. "The trouble with medical journals". Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 99 (3): 115–119. doi:10.1258/jrsm.99.3.115. PMC 1383755 . 
  3. ^ Kahn, Richard J.; Kahn, Patricia G. (2009-08-20). "The Medical Repository — The First U.S. Medical Journal (1797–1824)". New England Journal of Medicine. doi:10.1056/nejm199712253372617. Retrieved 2017-10-29. 
  4. ^ Booth, C C (1982-07-10). "Medical communication: the old and new. The development of medical journals in Britain". British Medical Journal (Clinical research ed.). 285 (6335): 105–108. ISSN 0267-0623. PMC 1498905 . PMID 6805825. 
  5. ^ Smith, Richard (2005-05-17). "Medical Journals Are an Extension of the Marketing Arm of Pharmaceutical Companies". PLOS Medicine. 2 (5): e138. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0020138. ISSN 1549-1676.