Every body has the
right to cherish the novelty of work he/she embarks on.
However, this feeling might double when we discover that
somebody who is related to us did start this work long
Really, I was
greatly surprised, and in the meantime, very happy when
I came to know that our grandfathers published the first
Palestinian Medical Journal under the name of The
Journal of the Palestinian Arab Medical Association in
1945 and 1946.
I was also very
impressed when I came to know that our journal was world
wide as a photocopy of the journal was brought by Dr.
Ahmad Kandeel from the main library of Poland. I came to
know from the Dean of Al-Quds Faculty of Medicine, Dr.
Hani Abdeen, that the Medical Association in the
Northern Governorates started similar ventures 12 years
ago. Really, this issue let me ask myself and also my
colleagues:" Where are we now from the achievements of
our grandfathers?"," What have we been doing in the last
sixty years to confirm our Palestinian identity in the
same way our forefathers did.
HRD and the Board Committee of PMJ initiated the idea of
this journal, so I do encourage all of my colleagues to
do their best to present themselves as Palestinian
doctors; they can achieve this through their active
contribution to this Palestinian Medical Journal, thus
making it word wide. It is hoped that such emphasis
would promote continuous medical education, research,
and health services in our country. It is our
responsibility to regain our glory by following the
footsteps of our ancestors.
Dr. Fawzy Khalil Sharaf