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The Journal at One Hundred Years

Heckman, James D. MD; Editor-in-Chief

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery: December 2003 - Volume 85 - Issue 12 - p 2275
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The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery is proud to celebrate 100 years of service to orthopaedic surgeons and their patients. While some might dispute the specific year of origin of The Journal, it is clear that in 1903 the Proceedings of the American Orthopaedic Association were recorded in Volume 1 of the American Journal of Orthopedic Surgery, which soon became The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Thus, we recognize 100 years of continuous service to the orthopaedic community from that point in time.

The Journal has made many changes over the years to adapt to new ideas and new approaches in orthopaedic surgery. A recent addition has been periodic reviews of classic articles previously published in The Journal. In this issue, on page 2489, we present Joel Goldthwait's original description of his tendon transfer for patellar instability that was published in the 1903 issue. The summary of that presentation is accompanied by a contemporary commentary by Bertram Zarins, MD, our Consulting Editor for Sports Medicine. This is but one example of the many important contributions to musculoskeletal care recorded in The Journal over the last century. Because so many important events in orthopaedics have been documented in The Journal, we asked Jonathan Cohen, MD, Deputy Editor Emeritus, to write a history. This elegant 100-page story is now available. If you would like a copy, contact us and we will send you one at no cost to you.

The Journal is greatly indebted to many individuals for its success over all these years. First and foremost are the thousands of volunteer reviewers who are the heart of our peer-review process. Through the peer-review process, we are able to enhance our information base continuously, leading to improvements in the care of our patients. Without it, orthopaedics would not advance. Therefore, The Journal owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to all of the reviewers who have donated their time.

I personally wish to thank all of my predecessors in this job, who set incredibly high standards and, over the last century, built a set of principles of honesty, fairness, and concern that have guided my stewardship of The Journal during the past four years. Finally, gratitude must be expressed to our two parent organizations, the American Orthopaedic Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, which have provided leadership and enlightened direction to The Journal from their very inception. Both organizations' serious commitment to excellence has created a solid foundation upon which The Journal has grown and thrived.

Over the years, much has changed in the way medical information is presented, and it is our hope that our recent emphasis on an evidence-based approach and the use of the electronic as well as the print medium will lead us effectively into the next century. As always, we seek input from our readers so that we can provide the best information in the most useful way. I hope that you will contact us with suggestions for further enhancements or new approaches for your journal.

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