The AMA was founded in 1847 with the goal of fostering improved public health and physician-client relations. In addition, the organization works to advance the science of medicine through research and education. To this end, the AMA publishes a number of scholarly journals, including the AMA Journal of Ethics.
A MEDLINE-indexed ethics journal, the AMA Journal of Ethics was founded in 1999. The journal, which is free of advertisements and free of charge, supports the association's belief that ethical education for physicians is crucial to the overall public good. The Journal of Ethics is published monthly and features a different theme in each issue, along with original writing and expert commentary. Topics featured in recent journal editions include conflicts of interest, technology, and patient quality of life. For additional information on the journal and other AMA publications, visit www.ama-assn.org.