Saturday, November 1, 2014

First medical journal

In 1665 first scientific journals are published: the French Journal des scavans and the English Proceeding of the Royal Society, following on from social, economic and technological advances which had allowed a literate and leisured class to arise in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Not until 1679 did the world see the first journal devoted exclusively to medicine, Nouvelles Descouvertes sur Toutes les Parties de la Medecine, begins publication.

The first serious medical journal published in Britain is Medicina Curiosa or a Variety of New Communications in Physick, Chirurgery, and Anatomy, which appeared for only two issues in London in 1684.

The physician, in the early days of the United States, who wanted to write an article for publication in a medical journal, had to look either outside the country or to a non-medical journal.

England and France were favorites among the foreign countries.

In fact it was a translation of a French medical journal, Journal de Medecine Militaire, whose first volume was published in New York around 1790 as the Journal of the Practice of Medicine and Surgery and Pharmacy in the Military Hospitals of France.

In 1788, the first transactions of a United States medial society, Cases and Observations of the Medical Society of New Haven County, were published. This was followed by the first American medical journal published in 1797 in New York: The Medical Repository. Like most early journals, it lasted only a few years.

By the 19th century, some of the now famous contemporary medical journals began to appear, such as the New England Journal of Medicine in 1812 and the Lancet in 1823.
First medical journal 

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