Medical Definition of Journal of the American Medical Association

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Journal of the American Medical Association: JAMA, which began publication in 1883, now bills itself as "the world's best-read medical journal". JAMA clearly ranks as one of the two leading general medical journals published in the United States, with the other the New England Journal of Medicine.

JAMA is published by the American Medical Association (AMA) and reports American Medical Association policy, "as appropriate." However, according to JAMA, articles in it "do not reflect the official policy of the American Medical Association...." and JAMA has the objective of " maintaining editorial independence, objectivity, and responsibility."

The mission of JAMA is lofty: "To promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health."

JAMA carries original, generally well-documented, peer-reviewed medical articles on a diversity of clinical as well as laboratory topics.

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Reviewed on 12/27/2018

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