The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) turns 200 this month. First published in January 1812, this seminal publication has provided us with invaluable peer-reviewed research articles, editorial, and case reports.
The first issue had articles about croup, gunshot wounds, burns, syphilis, and spina bifida to name a few. The latest issue (January 5, 2012) has articles on heart disease and a herpes vaccine. In the centuries between, NEJM has covered a wide range of medical science, bringing the latest medical findings to not only our future doctors, but to the public. NEJM articles studied the progress of epidemic diseases such as cholera, tuberculosis, and smallpox. NEJM articles documented therapeutic innovation including the increased reliance on evidence based treatments proven through scientific experiments and peer review of the findings. NEJM articles debated germ theory, introduced medical technologies like stethoscopes and MRIs and published the first study linking smoking to lung cancer. The impact of this publication cannot be understated in all its brought to us.
So Happy 200th Birthday, New England Journal of Medicine!
Thank you for all you’ve given us.
For a really amazing interactive timeline o the past 200 years of the NEJM go to – http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1114819