Online resource: Journal of the American Medical Association – all back issues now available

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The Library is delighted to announce that we recently purchased access to the complete back files of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), right back to the first issue.

Published continuously since July 1883, JAMA is an international, peer-reviewed journal – the most widely circulated medical journal in the world. Its main aim is to promote the science and art of medicine, and the betterment of public health.

The journal has published a number of landmark studies, such as ‘The Etiology of Yellow Fever’ (16 Feb 1901); ‘The Etiology of Scarlet Fever’ (Jan 26 1924); ‘The Treatment of Meningococcic Meningitis with Sulfanilamide’ (24 April 1937) and ‘Live, Orally Given Poliovirus Vaccine’ (6 Aug 1960) [1]

The Wellcome Library also subscribes to the current issues of JAMA, so our coverage is complete from 1883 to the present day. Our registered readers can therefore now access the journal from both within and outside the Library.  More details on this resource – and others Wellcome Library readers have remote access to – are available on our website.

[1] A selection of key papers from JAMA – with commentaries from later practitioners – is Harriet S. Meyer, George D. Lundberg (eds). Fifty-one landmark articles in medicine : the JAMA centennial series (Chicago, 1985)

Author: Aileen Cook

Image: Cover of JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 193, No.6, August 9, 1965 (from Osler’s Web, John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine)

Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane is the Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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