Editorial: European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine

  • John Kellett Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center, Thunder Bay, Ontario


Modern medicine began in the last half of the nineteenth century when doctors started practising the scientific method at the bedside. However, in his presidential address to the Association of American Physicians in 1979 James Wyngaarden postulated that the clinical scientist was an endangered species. Several reasons for this have been suggested, including “the seductive incomes that now derive from procedure-based specialty medicine”. Others have suggested that it is simply because the things left to be discovered at bedside have become exhausted, and that all the big medical advances will now be made by high-powered institutions.

Author Biographies

John Kellett ,
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center, Thunder Bay, Ontario

John Kellett, MD qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1970 and completed his internship at the Mountainside Hospital, Montclair, New Jersey, USA.

He then worked for a year as a general practitioner in a small Newfoundland outport before completing a residency in internal medicine at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.

In 1976 he moved to Winnipeg where he completed a four year fellowship in endocrinology. During this time he carried out research into growth hormone and growth factors.

He returned to Ireland in 1980 as consultant physician to Nenagh Hospital, County Tipperary, Ireland.

He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and Canada, the European Federation of Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians. His main area of research interests are medical decision making, acute medical care, prognostication, and prediction models.

He has over 130 peer reviewed publications. Currently he is actively involved in several collaborative research projects, including medical device development, early warning scores and intelligent systems. He holds academic appointments at the both the Dundalk Institute of Technology and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.



  • Wyngaarden, J.B. The clinical investigator as an endangered species. N Engl J Med 1979; 301: 1254–1259
  • Kellett, J. Case reports — EJIM's new policy. Eur J Intern Med 2008; 19: 389
  • Published: 2014-02-03

    Issue: Vol. 1 (2014) (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    Kellett J. Editorial: European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine. EJCRIM 2014;1 doi:10.12890/2014_000100.