PIDJ Editors’ Page
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW
In 1975 we began writing a monthly publication, The Pediatric Infectious Disease Newsletter, on a miniscule budget for printing and postage costs. The mailing list rapidly grew to several thousand pediatricians and family medicine physicians around the United States. The format consisted of brief, timely items and comments about infections relevant to children. When The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal was inaugurated in 1982, we incorporated the Newsletter into it as the “Yellow Pages”. At that time the lag period from the time journal articles were sent to the publisher until they appeared in the printed journal was 2 to 3 months, but the lag time for our items in the Newsletter was only 2 to 3 weeks. Newsletter items were not precisely up-to-the-minute, but they were close to it.
In recent years medical journalism has gradually joined the electronic communications revolution. Timely information spreads virtually instantly by multiple means. We think that the founding purposes of the Newsletter have become obsolete. For that reason the August 2013 issue of this journal contained the final edition of the Newsletter. We enjoyed the monthly exercise of preparing the copy and we hope that more than a few readers enjoyed reading it.
The Newsletter will be replaced periodically by the Editors’ Page in which we will comment on or reflect on a subject relevant to the broad area of infections in children. The subjects might be as diverse as societal factors, medical education, laboratory tests, new treatments or whatever strikes our fancy at the moment.