New England Journal of Medicine Turns 200

Posted on January 5, 2012 by


Update: From the Anniversary Issue (Free, Full Text):

From the Associated Press:

The first 100 copies in January 1812 were delivered by horseback. Today, 2 million people read the journal online every month.

The New England Journal started decades before the American Medical Association was founded in 1847 and is widely credited with promoting evidence-based care.

“It has been very good for society,” said Pat Thibodeau, head librarian and associate dean for the Medical Center Library at Duke University. “When I go in,

I’m hoping my doctor has read the New England Journal of Medicine or something similar and is following that information.”

“It’s the cream of the crop,” said Dr. Barron Lerner, a Columbia University physician and medical historian.

“They get the best research submitted to them, and they do an extremely good job of peer reviewing” to make sure it is solid, he said.

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