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The US sisters of the BMJ

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 17 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:380

The BMJ is becoming more active in the US

  1. Ronald M Davis, North American editor (,
  2. Richard Smith, editor,
  3. Michael Wilkes, editor
  1. BMJ, and editor of BMJ USA
  2. BMJ
  3. Western Journal of Medicine

    To celebrate four centuries of British-American relations, the Library of Congress and the British Library developed the John Bull and Uncle Sam exhibition.1 One exhibit is a cartoon that accompanied an editorial in Collier's magazine in 1953 (figure*). The editorial sought to quell anti-British feelings prompted by disparaging remarks about the US made by the British prime minister. It reminded Americans of the important ties between the two nations and suggested that they sign a “Declaration of Interdependence.” The BMJ Publishing Group is contributing to this interdependence by publishing two sister journals to the BMJBMJ USA, which is being launched this month, and the Western Journal of Medicine (WJM), which circulates in the western states of the US.

    The interdependence is particularly evident in science and medicine. In the same year that the editorial in Collier's was published, Francis Crick (a Briton) and James …

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