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JAMA's editor fired over sex article

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 23 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:213
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Dr George Lundberg was fired last week from his post as editor of JAMA (the journal of the American Medical Association) and editorial director of its 54journals and electronic products. He was dismissed because he “fast tracked” the publication of an article indicating that American university students did not think that oral sex was real sex. This coincided with the impeachment trial of President Clinton.

    The executive vice president of the American Medical Association, Dr Ratcliffe Anderson Jr, criticised Dr Lundberg's speedy publication of an article entitled “Would you say you 'had sex' if…?” (JAMA 1999:281;275-7). The article was written by the former director of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at …

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