The World Medical Journal
2004 WMJ 50 years
Welcome to the electronic version of the WMJ !
2004 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the appearance of the World Medical Journal. It is therefore appropriate that with the appearance of Volume 50, the World Medical Journal should be made available on the Web. This also coincides with the arrival of a new Honorary Editor-in-Chief, and the move to a slightly enlarged quarterly publication. The arrangement of the contents has also been modified to enhance its reflection of the aims and activities of the WMA.
It is not the function of the WMJ to publish new scientific medical research. This is clearly the function of the multitude of information available in either the broad-based or specialised journals. However, there is a place for publishing overviews of trends, new areas of medical progress which may not appear in the general run of medical journals and which can increase physicians' awareness of developments of which they may be unaware. The changed layout, which is notable by the prominence of a "Medical Ethics and Human Rights" section, is complemented by a section entitled Medical Science, Professional Practice and Education.
The Secretary General's column has been reintroduced and in a section entitled Regional and National Medial Association (NMA) News, we will try to report on regional developments, and NMA initiatives or problems. All WMA news and important international developments, notably from WHO, will, of course, continue to appear.
It is hoped that readers will find the new arrangements interesting, informative and helpful. As ever, the Editor will be pleased to consider any papers or information for publication.