JAMA: AMA President Promises Editorial Independence
To address concerns that firing the editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association has compromised its editorial integrity, American Medical Association President Nancy Dickey yesterday pledged to protect the editorial freedom of the next editor. In addition, Dickey said former editor Dr. George Lundberg was not fired exclusively because he published a sex study during President Clinton's impeachment trial, but "for a series of decisions, choices and interactions that he had over a period of some time, seven months." In response to Lundberg's assertions last week in the Chicago Tribune that the AMA routinely interfered with his editorial decisions, Dickey said, "No one ever told George not to publish an article. He never changed a word for any of us" (Ballingrud, St. Petersburg Times, 2/23).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.