Perspectives: The NAM’s Weekly Health Periodical


NAM Perspectives are expert commentaries and discussion papers by leading voices in health, medicine, biomedical science, and related policy. New papers are published online once a week. 

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Transforming Human Health: Celebrating 50 Years of Discovery and Progress

The past half-century has been an era of astonishing progress for biomedical science, health, and health care in the United States and worldwide. This volume, commissioned to mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (NAM; formerly the Institute of Medicine [IOM]), tells the story of that progress across five major fields: biomedical science and technology; diseases and conditions; public health; U.S. health care; and global health.

Since the NAM was founded in 1970, the nation and the world have seen multitudes of remarkable “firsts”—including the dawn of targeted gene therapies, the near eradication of polio, revolutionary treatments for cancers and cardiovascular disease, and many more. NAM members were the architects of many of these breakthroughs, alongside countless dedicated scientists, clinicians, educators, and public health leaders worldwide. The milestones chronicled in this volume are a testament to their remarkable work, which has saved and improved innumerable lives.

A History of the National Academy of Medicine: 50 Years of Transformational Leadership

Special Publications

Special publications are monograph- or book-length reviews on issues of importance to the NAM mission. They describe the key elements of an issue, summarize and assess the nature of the evidence base, and present priority strategies or actions. Recommendations or opinions are those of the authors/editors, not of the NAM, the National Academies, or authors’ organizations.

NAM Discussion Proceedings


NAM Discussion Proceedings combine a traditional meeting summary, which presents an overview of discussions held at a meeting free of opinion or elaboration, with an opportunity for rapporteurs, external experts, and volunteers to highlight priority areas or key themes that arise over the course of a meeting. NAM Discussion Proceedings are peer-reviewed by external experts to ensure the integrity of the meeting summary and the priority areas highlighted therein.

Featured Consensus Studies


Consensus study reports published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine document the evidence-based consensus on a statement of task by an authoring committee of experts. Reports typically include findings, conclusions, and recommendations based on information gathered by the committee and the committee’s deliberations. Each report has been subjected to a rigorous and independent peer-review process and represents the position of the National Academies on the statement of task.  More consensus studies>>

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