Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Parent companyWolters Kluwer
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationPhiladelphia
Publication typesbooks, journals
Nonfiction topicsMedicine

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) is an American imprint of the American Dutch publishing conglomerate Wolters Kluwer. It was established by the acquisition of Williams & Wilkins and its merger with J.B. Lippincott Company in 1998. Under the LWW brand, Wolters Kluwer, through its Health Division, publishes scientific, technical, and medical content such as textbooks, reference works, and over 275 scientific journals (most of which are medical or other public health journals). Publications are aimed at physicians, nurses, clinicians, and students.


LWW grew out of the gradual consolidation of various earlier independent publishers by Wolters Kluwer. Predecessor Wolters Samson acquired Raven Press of New York in 1986.[1] Wolters Samson merged with Kluwer in 1987. The merged company bought J. B. Lippincott & Co. of Philadelphia in 1990; it merged Lippincott with the Raven Press to form Lippincott-Raven in 1995.[2] In 1997 and 1998, Wolters Kluwer acquired Thomson Science (owner of the Current Opinion medical journals), and Plenum and merged the medical publications of each with Lippincott-Raven.[3] In 1998, Wolters Kluwer bought Waverly, parent of Williams & Wilkins of Baltimore and merged it into Lippincott-Raven to form LWW.[4] Waverly had acquired Lea & Febiger of Philadelphia in 1990.[5] In 2000, Wolters Kluwer bought Springhouse Corporation from Reed Elsevier.[6] In 2002 LWW ceased being an operating company and completed the path to being simply a brand of the conglomerate.

Lippincott had its headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with other United States locations in Baltimore, Maryland, New York City, New York, Hagerstown, Maryland, and Ambler, Pennsylvania, as well as locations in London, Hong Kong, and Sydney. Most of those offices are still in service under Wolters Kluwer.


The publisher had its origins in a Philadelphia bookstall opened by Benjamin Warner and Jacob Johnson in 1792. Joshua Ballinger Lippincott assumed control of the firm in 1836. In 1978, the company (then named J. B. Lippincott Company) was sold to Harper & Row, at which point it began to focus its publishing activities exclusively in health care; in 1990, it was sold by News Corporation to Wolters Kluwer. It was later merged with Raven Press in 1995 to become Lippincott-Raven Publishers, which then merged with Williams & Wilkins, ultimately forming Lippincott Williams & Wilkins in 1998.

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  1. ^ Feldman, Gayle (1991-06-21). "Going Dutch: Wolters Kluwer and Elsevier are quietly building PSP empires on both sides of the Atlantic". Publishers Weekly. Vol. 238, no. 27. pp. 19–. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  2. ^ "WK merging Lippincott, Raven". Publishers Weekly. Vol. 242, no. 17. 1995-04-24. p. 14. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  3. ^ Kwoka, John (2015). "Merger Among Wolters Kluwer, Thomson, Waverly, and Plenum (1997)". Mergers, Merger Control, and Remedies: A Retrospective Analysis of U.S. Policy. MIT Press. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-262-02848-6.
  4. ^ Murray, Shanon D. (1998-02-12). "Dutch publisher to buy Waverly for $375 million; 108-year-old city firm to be scaled back but stay at Camden Yards; 400 workers' fate unclear: [FINAL Edition]". The Sun; Baltimore, Md. Baltimore, Md., United States, Baltimore, Md. pp. 1–. ISSN 1930-8965. ProQuest 407009543.
  5. ^ "Lea & Febiger records 1815-1992".
  6. ^ "WOLTERS KLUWER AGREES TO ACQUIRE SPRINGHOUSE CORP. - Free Online Library". Retrieved 2019-10-21.

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