Commentary

Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 341-355

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High-Impact Medical Journals and Peace: A History of Involvement

  • Joshua D Bloom
  • , Dario SambunjakAffiliated withCroatian Medical Journal, School of Medicine, Zagreb University Email author 
  • , Egbert Sondorp

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to explore the positions of five leading general medical journals (The Lancet, British Medical JournalBMJ, Journal of American Medical AssociationJAMA, New England Journal of MedicineNEJM, and Annals of Internal MedicineAIM) toward the issues of collective violence. We calculated the proportion of war-related articles in the total number of articles published in these five high-impact journals, and in the total number of articles indexed in PubMed during the last 60 years. The results showed a continuous increase in the proportion of war-related articles. Our findings suggest that the leading general medical journals have taken an active editorial stance toward the issues of war and peace. We conclude that high-impact medical journals can make an important contribution to efforts aimed at reducing the risks and consequences of war and violence.

Keywords

medical journals peace through health war and conflict