The Library is very pleased to announce the addition of the complete digital archive of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) to our collection of licensed electronic journals.
The NEJM Archive includes every article from the New England Journal of Medicine from 1928 to 1989, as well as all articles from its predecessor journals. The journal now known as NEJM began in 1812 as the New-England Journal of Medicine and Surgery. It subsequently underwent several title changes, becoming the Boston Medical Intelligencer (1823-1828), The New-England Medical Review and Journal (1827) and the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal (1828–1928) before publishing under its current title.
We expect that the NEJM Archive will support Mount Sinai’s ongoing research programs, for example by providing reports of infectious diseases that may be re-emerging or evolving, or by detailing the methodology used in classic studies. In addition, to browse the NEJM Archive is to browse the history of medicine in the United States. The citations and abstracts of a few classic articles suggest the characteristics and concerns of its reports over the years:
- Prognosticks in Fevers, Adapted More Particularly to Those of New-England. Joseph Comstock. N Engl J Med Surg 1817; 6:105-122 April 1, 1817.
- Insensibility during Surgical Operations Produced by Inhalation. Henry Jacob Bigelow, M.D. Boston Med Surg J 1846; 35:309-317 November 18, 1846
- Cardiotomy and Valvulotomy for Mitral Stenosis; Experimental Observations and Clinical Notes Concerning an Operated Case with Recovery. ELLIOTT C. CUTLER, M.D., and S. A. LEVINE, M.D. Boston Med Surg J 1923; 188:1023-1027 June 28, 1923
- Degenerative Disease of the Central Nervous System in New Guinea — The Endemic Occurrence of Kuru in the Native Population. D. C. Gajdusek, M.D., and V. Zigas, M.D. N Engl J Med 1957; 257:974-978 November 14, 1957
- Changes in Bronchial Epithelium in Relation to Cigarette Smoking and in Relation to Lung Cancer. Oscar Auerbach, M.D., A. P. Stout, M.D., E. Cuyler Hammond, Sc.D., and Lawrence Garfinkel, M.A. N Engl J Med 1961; 265:253-267 August 10, 1961
You can search the full-text of every article in the NEJM Archive, or browse the contents of every issue. In fact, searching the Archive from the NEJM web site is probably the best way to find articles written before 1900: the Web of Science database covers NEJM and the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal only as far back as 1900, and MEDLINE/PubMed only includes citations from NEJM back to 1945. The easiest way to access the NEJM web site is by clicking the link to NEJM on the Levy Library Homepage, in our list of Key Journals & Resources.