Medscape Launches Medscape General Medicine

Posted on April 12, 1999

Medscape has announced the launch of Medscape General Medicine, an online primary-source, peer-reviewed general medical journal. Patterned after esteemed print journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and British Medical Journal, Medscape General Medicine extends this model into the online medium to create a new platform for the delivery of a wide variety of primary-source medical information.

"Medscape General Medicine is a groundbreaking development in the world of medical publishing," says George D. Lundberg, MD, Editor in Chief of Medscape and Editor of Medscape General Medicine. "With individuals becoming more involved in managing their own health, coupled with the demanding schedules of physicians, rapid access to the latest information becomes increasingly critical. The Internet makes this possible. Medscape was founded to quickly provide high-quality medical information, and Medscape General Medicine is the natural next step in making this philosophy a reality."

Unlike the thousands of medical journals that exist in print and have online versions, Medscape General Medicine articles will be submitted, peer reviewed, edited, and then published -- exclusively online. Articles will be published immediately upon availability, as the Internet does not limit the online publication to a set weekly, monthly, or quarterly publishing schedule.