Editor's ChoiceBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7515.496-b (Published 01 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:496
In Fiona Godlee's column in the issue of 16 July, she said that the BMJ had never failed to come out “in its 160 year history” (BMJ 2005;331). In fact, the BMJ has been around for slightly longer than that. It began life in 1833 as Transactions of the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association. In 1840 it became the Provincial Medical Journal, changing its name in 1845 to the British Medical Journal. Finally, in 1988, it became the BMJ. However, we consider the “official” start date of our journal to be 1840 as that is when we began our volume numbering system; some readers (and long serving staff) will remember that we celebrated our 150th birthday in 1990.