When our news editor, Alison McCook, emailed me yesterday to tell me that the editors of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) linkurl:had been sacked,;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23140/ I had a bit of déjà vu. Just over seven years ago, I received a similar email from a colleague at JAMA, where I had recently finished a stint as co-editor in chief of the medical student section. JAMA?s editor, George Lundberg, with whom I had worked and whom I still consider a close mentor, had been fired by the CMA?s US counterpart in what on the surface appear to be similar circumstances. Lundberg was sacked for ?inappropriately and inexcusably? interjecting the AMA into the debate over the impeachment of President Clinton by publishing an article on college students' answers to the question of whether oral sex is sex. Unfortunately for Lundberg ? and for readers of JAMA ? he and the AMA?s board of...

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