The American Journal of the Medical Sciences

The American Journal of the Medical Sciences

Infobox Journal

discipline = Medicine
abbreviation = "Am J Med Sci"
publisher = Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
country = USA
frequency = 12 issues per year
history = "Philadelphia Journal of the Medical and Physical Sciences" (1820–7); "American Journal of the Medical Sciences" (1827–date)
impact = 1.355
impact-year = 2006
openaccess =
website =
ISSN = 0002-9629
eISSN = 1538-2990

"The American Journal of the Medical Sciences" is an American general medical journal.


The journal was founded in 1820 as the "Philadelphia Journal of the Medical and Physical Sciences"cite journal | url = | title = Medical journal celebrates 175th anniversary | journal = Emory Report | date = January 30, 1995 | volume = 47 | issue = 20 | author = Mike MacArthur ] by Nathaniel Chapman. A new series was started in 1825 under the editorship of Chapman along with William Potts Dewees and John D. Godman. In 1827 the editorship passed to Isaac Hays, who gave it its present name, and helped make it one of the most important American medical journals of the 19th century.

In 1984, the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation became the journal's sponsor and Emory University has close ties to the journal with the vice chair of the Department of Medicine at Emory, Manuel Martinez-Maldonado, as the editor in chief of the journal, and a past president of SSCI.

In 1994, 21 percent of submissions came from outside the United States.

On the 175th anniversary, the February 1, 1995 issue featured a photograph of Volume 1 from 1820, a brief history and three classic articles were critiqued by contemporary scholars:
* Leo Buerger "Thrombo-angiitis Obliterans: A Study of the Vascular Lesions Leading to Presenile Spontaneous Gan-grene"," 136 (1908); critiqued by David A. Cutler and Marschall S. Runge of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
* E. Libman and H. L. Celler's "The Etiology of Subacute Infectious Endocarditis"," - critiqued by Edward Hook Jr., of the University of Virginia
* Norman M. Keith, Henry P. Wagener and Nelson W Barker's "Some Different Types of Essential Hypertension and the Cause and Prognosis"," critiqued by Harriet Dustan of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Regarding these critiques, Martinez-Maldonado said:

Modern journal

The "American Journal of the Medical Sciences" is currently published monthly by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. The 2006 impact factor was 1.355, with a rank of 41st of 103 medical journals. [ [ LWW: American Journal of the Medical Sciences: Journal Information] (accessed 24 October 2007)] As of 2007, the Edixtor-in-Chief is David W. Ploth (Charleston, South Carolina, USA).

Notable contributors, notable articles

* Samuel George Morton published his first medical essay in the 1825 journal. [cite book | title = Introductory lectures and addresses on medical subjects : delivered chiefly before the medical classes of the University of Pennsylvania / by George B. Wood. | chapter = A memoir of the Dr. Samuel George Moron | pages = p.443 | author = Wood, George Bacon | location = Philadelphia | publisher = J. B. Lippincott | year = 1859 | quote = His first medical essay was on the user of cornine in intermittent fever, and was published in the "Philadelphia Journal of the Medical and Physical Sciences" (xi. 195, A.D. 1825). | id = OCLC|4402287 ]

* Henry Jacob Bigelow. "Dr. Harlow's case of Recovery from the passage of an Iron Bar through the Head." 20:13-22 (1850). This was the second published article on Phineas Gage and his 1848 accident, but the first to bring significant awareness of the case to medical men, thanks to the "American Journal's" prominence. (The first article on Gage, by Dr. Harlow himself, had appeared (1848) in the Boston Medical & Surgical Journal, at the time arguably a less visible publication -- though it is now the "New England Journal of Medicine.")



External links

* [ Journal website]

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