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Canadian Medical Association tightens control over its journal

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7385.356/e (Published 15 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:356
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    The Canadian Medical Association has appointed an oversight committee to review the content of the association's journal (CMAJ) and the work of its editor and to help in maintaining harmonious relations between the journal and the association.

    The association set up the committee after the journal published an editorial accusing Quebec physicians of having broken trust with the public when they failed to staff an emergency department at night, and a 51 year old heart attack victim who arrived six minutes after it closed died shortly afterwards (CMAJ 2002;167:617).

    The editorial provoked a letter to the journal from the association's president, Dana Hanson, calling it an “unwarranted attack on the whole profession” and its conclusion “repugnant” (CMAJ 2002;167:986).

    In the current issue of CMAJ, John Hoey, its editor, and Anne Marie …

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