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A medical journal is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that communicates medical information to physicians and other health professionals. Journals that cover many medical specialties are sometimes called general medical journals. [1]



The first medical journals were general medical journals, and were established in the late 18th century; specialty-specific medical journals were first introduced in the early 20th century. [2] The first medical journal to be published in the United Kingdom was Medical Essays and Observations, established in 1731 and published in Edinburgh; [3] the first to be published in the United States was The Medical Repository , established in 1797. [4]


Richard Smith, the former editor of the medical journal the BMJ , has been critical of many of the aspects of modern-day medical journal publishing. [2] [5]

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