High-Impact Medical Journals and Peace: A History of Involvement
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The aim of this study is to explore the positions of five leading general medical journals (The Lancet, British Medical Journal – BMJ, Journal of American Medical Association – JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine – NEJM, and Annals of Internal Medicine – AIM) 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.
Keywordsmedical journals peace through health war and conflict
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