BMJ Group

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BMJ Group
Parent company British Medical Association
Founded 1840
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location London
Publication types Medical journals
Nonfiction topics Medicine
Number of employees 500
Official website company.bmj.com

The BMJ Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Medical Association. Established in 1840 with the publication of the Provincial Medical and Surgical Journal (later the first edition of the British Medical Journal), it is now a fully commercial organisation with about 500 staff based in locations around the world including North America, South America, Europe, India, China and Australasia.

BMJ’s mission statement is:

"BMJ advances healthcare worldwide by sharing knowledge and expertise to improve experiences, outcomes and value."[1]

BMJ is a global academic publisher providing a wide range of evidence-based medicine products, in print, online and at events, which offer the medical community a comprehensive information support system that improves patient outcomes and the decisions people make every day. The company also offers many other products for physicians, such as BMJ Careers and BMJ Learning.

BMJ's products and services also extend to offer rights and licensing, and targeted advertising and sponsorship opportunities for pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, recruiters, and the general medical community.

BMJ Major Publications[edit]

  • 1840: Provincial Medical and Surgical Journal (later renamed the British Medical Journal) first published
  • 1847: James Simpson uses the journal to publicise chloroform, which paved the way for modern anesthetic techniques
  • 1867: Joseph Lister publishes his introduction to the concept of antiseptic in wound healing[2]
  • 1950: Richard Doll publishes his discovery of the link between tobacco consumption and lung cancer[3]
  • 1958: Alice Stewart publishes her study of the risks of low-level radiation[4]
  • 1995: First website for The BMJ.com

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