Editorials

CMJ | 12 Mar 2014 | Editorials

The World Health Organization estimates that neurological disorders currently affect one billion people worldwide, a number which is predicted to increase considerably as a result of an ageing population. The need to further understand the brain and make progress in the field of neurology has therefore never been greater. However, with over 100 million neurons each making over 1000 synapses, the human brain is undoubtedly the most complex organ in the human body, and it is this complexity that has meant that advances in neuroscience have been comparatively slow.

CMJ | 21 Sep 2013 | Editorials

In medical school we are routinely taught to appreciate the importance of evidence-based medicine with the gold standard of evidence being randomized clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Evidence obtained from case reports on the other hand is generally regarded as relatively low quality. In this new era of evidence-based medicine case reports may therefore be considered unnecessary – something which is precipitated by some journals limiting the number of case reports published due to their relatively low citation potential affecting the journal’s impact factor (calculated by the average number of citations per article).

CMJ | 16 Jul 2013 | Editorials

Knowledge of research skills and methods, once an integral part of the academic process, has in recent times become neglected by medical schools. Anecdotal evidence suggests political pressures have prioritised communication skills training as the focus towards producing the best doctors for tomorrow.

CMJ | 6 Nov 2011 | Editorials

Medical information technology systems such as the electronic medical record (eMR) are becoming ubiquitous in clinical practice. Digitisation brings considerable advantages over traditional paper methods - ease of information dissemination, interoperability between primary and secondary care, and the ability for simultaneous access of records by multiple professionals. Electronic systems remove the requirement for miles of shelving for storage, allow for theoretically fast data retrieval for audit, and remove the inherent ambiguity of poor handwriting in paper records.

CMJ | 7 Jan 2011 | Editorials

When Cambridge Medicine Journal (CMJ) first launched in 1978, it was a paper-based publication, releasing articles on an issue-by-issue basis. Like CMJ, most journals currently publish articles in a manner which clearly embodies the concept of an 'issue'. Articles pass through peer-review and acceptance, and then await the date on which another 'issue' is published. When we relaunched online in October 2010, we retained the same publication model for the release of our first online content.

CMJ | 26 Sep 2010 | Editorials

Welcome to the Cambridge Medical Journal. First published in 1978, representing the work of the students of Cambridge Clinical School, the journal covers a wide range of topics relating to medicine. In 2010, 32 years on, we are bringing the CMJ up to date with an online only version. Covering new sections, the new CMJ aims to be more accessible and useful to its readership, as well as expanding its reach.