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The word developing has been chosen as part of the title of our project. Although the term  developing usually is criticized implying a contraposition between opposites (underdeveloped areas and developed world). It may also be criticized assuming a generic desire to ‘develop’ towards a  traditional ‘Western’ model of economic development.

The use of the word developing next to medicine was intended to be broad and encompassing basic achievement of medical practice and education in both ‘worlds’ (the western and the emerging countries) integrated with the concept of international citizenry.

The road of our project starts in Perugia, the city Hospitals and Academical Institutions since the XIX century had been a crossroad of cultures, and the gateway to many medical disciplines.
The debate between historical relativism and ethnocentrism provide frontiers where we can venture the great themes offered by the migration movements and emerging national health care systems.
The weapons that we are equipped with a deep faith in liberty, respect for the “other” cultures and the desire to offer a transparent and open discussion of the readers.


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Severi L. Sir Alexander Haddow and his beloved Perugia University Medical School (18. I. 1907 – 21. I. 1976). Lav Ist Anat Istol Patol Univ Studi Perugia. 1976;36(1):5-8.


Istructions Draft Dec 2011
Aims & Scope
Developing Medicine (DevMed) publishes significant research focusing on evidence concerning the achievements and challenges in health-care in emerging countries, migration medicine and developing frontiers of medical care, practices, interventions and drugs. Published works will contribute to identification of research issues and education of practitioners, students, researchers as well as regulators about evidence-based practices and related research issues.
In DevMed, the standards of evidence are multi-leveled and are multi-disciplinary in nature:
•    Controlled clinical trials and observational studies
•    Case reports
•    Editorials
•    Product quality, including standardization, good manufacturing and agricultural practices
Publication of standardized case report will motivate practitioners to report individual cases that may facilitate hypothesis generation and development of further research.
In addition, publications involving innovative ideas in research methodologies, new applications of traditional practices/products and integration of different medical interventions are encouraged.
The interest in medical advances in the developing world and emerging economies and whole systems of health care among the public, patients, health care practitioners, researchers, industry, and government regulators continues to grow. This growth has not been accompanied by an increasing amount of research and publication of articles in the mainstream bio-medical journals as well as traditional journals.
There are a number of highly specialized journals that deal with different forms of practices, such as epidemiology, tropical medicine, surgery, traditional medicine, and other ethnic herbal medicinal practices. The currently available generalistic journals do not address these needs specifically, and those that do generally do so with limited scope and dimension. It has been suggested that conventional clinical trials may not be the only source of evidence and other resources, such as good quality case reports, observational studies and traceable traditional references, may have significant contributions to our critical analyses of complementary and alternative therapies. In addition, studies that elucidate the biological and pharmacological plausibility of the therapy as well as the quality and standardization of the products.
Moreover, the recent economical growth in the previously disadvantaged areas of the world (e.g. Brazil, Russia, India, China areas BRIC) has led to the development of a need to address the quality, equality, efficacy and safety issues in local health care systems. Other areas of change are represented by the so-called ‘Middle East and North Africa’ (MENA region.) where international migration influenced health care standards. The developing of conveninent health care offerts in emerging areas encouraged the growth of health tourism  in the opposite direction west to  east, north to south.
Education of medical trainees in such new medicine has an important role in promoting health care in disadvantaged areas of the planet. Currently, the majority of medical schools worldwide do not offer satisfactory information in their curricula; however, there is an urgent need to develop more effective teaching programs that will focus on both research and practical issues.
An international  journal dedicated to evidence-based practices would also be an excellent forum for medical educators to discuss the educational needs and would also be a reliable learning resource for students. Such a journal would also educate practitioners/students in research methodology and in critical evaluation of scientific data.
In light of the importance of a new approach to medicine within the current health care system and the inadequacy of available journals to address the above-mentioned issues, the creation of a readily accessible, international publication focusing on research and evidence-based evaluations of emerging economies medicine, seems highly justifiable.
Developing Medicine (DevMed) was created to give a concrete response to this lake of scientific data from emerging areas. In fact, Developing Medicine is an editorial initiative focused on scientific evidence concerning the achievements and challenges in health-care in emerging countries and developing frontiers of medicine.
The journal Office is based in Perugia a traditional European cross-road for migrations. The initiative was born from an original idea of ex-Perugia University medical students and is officially applying patronage from the Accademia Anatomo-Chirurgica Perugia, and the Perugia foreign University.
General Objectives
•    DevMed is a peer-reviewed, all-electronic journal, publishing research focusing on different aspects of evidence-based approach towards developing economies medical practices/ interventions, drugs and natural health products. This mandate also covers publications about whole systems of health care, including their integration with other specialistic fields.
•    DevMed will contribute and facilitate education and knowledge management to health care practitioners, researchers and educators.
Publication Features
Types of Publication
DevMed offers an outstanding forum for scholarly publication and debate in the form of six different types of original peer-reviewed contributions:
•    Review articles (by invitation of the Editors)
•    Full-length research papers, including work by medical historians, systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
•    Case reports
•    Discussion papers (regulatory frameworks, major initiatives in research and academic centers, curricula development, funding policies and opportunities)
•    Short notes or communications (complete descriptions of limited investigations or major breakthroughs)
•    Conference presentations (keynotes or plenary lectures) and proceedings
•    Non-commercial and commercial advertising (for products with regulatory approval) may also be allowed.