The American Journal of the Medical Sciences

The American Journal of the Medical Sciences  
Former names
Philadelphia Journal of the Medical and Physical Sciences
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Am. J. Med. Sci.
Discipline Medicine
Language English
Edited by David W. Ploth
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
ISSN 0002-9629 (print)
1538-2990 (web)

The American Journal of the Medical Sciences is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal.


The journal was established in 1820 as the Philadelphia Journal of the Medical and Physical Sciences[1] by Nathaniel Chapman. A new series was started in 1825 under the editorship of Chapman along with William Potts Dewees and John D. Godman. In 1827, the editorship passed to Isaac Hays, who gave it its present name,[1] and helped make it one of the most important American medical journals of the 19th century.

In 1984, the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation became the journal's sponsor. In 1994, 21 percent of submissions came from outside the United States.[1] On the 175th anniversary, the February 1, 1995 issue featured a photograph of Volume 1 from 1820, a brief history and three classic articles were critiqued by contemporary scholars:[1]

Regarding these critiques, Martinez-Maldonado said:

These were landmark articles that are known worldwide, because they were the first to address these issues, .... It's amazing that there has been little descriptive improvement on these original articles. We know more on the molecular level than they did, but as far as actual description goes, no one has done any better. ... This shows how clever and precise our ancestors were and their keen powers of observation.

Modern journal

The American Journal of the Medical Sciences is currently published monthly by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. The 2006 impact factor was 1.355, with a rank of 41st of 103 medical journals.[2] As of 2007, the editor in chief is David W. Ploth (Charleston, South Carolina, United States).

Notable contributors, notable articles


  1. 1 2 3 4 Mike MacArthur (January 30, 1995). "Medical journal celebrates 175th anniversary". Emory Report. 47 (20).
  2. LWW: American Journal of the Medical Sciences: Journal Information (accessed 24 October 2007)
  3. Wood, George Bacon (1853). Wikisource link to A Biographical Memoir of Samuel George Morton, M.D.. Philadelphia: T. K. and P. G. Collins. Wikisource. p. 9. "His first medical essay was on the use of cornine in intermittent fever, and was published in the Philadelphia Journal of the Medical and Physical Sciences"
  4. G. K. Mallory, S. Weiss. Hemorrhages from lacerations of the cardiac orifice of the stomach due to vomiting. American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 1929; 178: 506-15

Further reading

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