History of The BMJ
The BMJ is one of the world’s oldest general medical journals. It published its first weekly edition on 3 October 1840 as the Provincial Medical and Surgical Journal before uniting with the London Journal of Medicine and publishing from January 1853 as the Associated Medical Journal. Four years later in January 1857, this merged journal became the British Medical Journal. The title was shortened to BMJ in 1988, and then changed to The BMJ in 2014.
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For many years, our Editor in Chief Fiona Godlee and her team have been featured in the media for her role in taking on the medical establishment for the benefit of patients and healthcare in general.
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