In the latest article in the NEJM 200th anniversary review series, Dr. Margaret Hostetter from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital explores the evolution of child health in four eras — the recognition of children as a specific population, the rise of public health as a remedy, the development of vaccines, and the global era, during which practices that transformed care in industrialized nations were expanded to developing countries. The article and an accompanying interactive timeline are now available on NEJM.org.
Last month, NEJM editor-in-chief Dr. Jeffrey Drazen and Dr. Erika von Mutius of the Munich University Children’s Hospital shared three fictional reports of consultations performed on essentially the same patient who suffers from what we in 2012 would refer to as asthma. In February, Drs. Anthony Fauci and David Morens examined the perpetual challenge of infectious diseases over the course of two centuries, and, in January, Drs. Eugene Braunwald and Elizabeth Nabel explored the evolution of the understanding and treatment of coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction since angina pectoris was described in the first issue of NEJM in 1812.
In the latest 200th Perspective article, Dr. Victor Fuchs looks at major trends in the American health economy since 1950, and what lessons can be drawn from the evolution in the sources of payment and objects of expenditures in health care. Previous 200th Perspectives include Dr. Robert Truog on the evolution of the doctor-patient relationship, and Dr. Allan Brandt on the history of NEJM.
On April 19, look for a new Perspective article from Harvard historians on the changing role of the medical journal. On May 3, Dr. Atul Gawande traces the history and progress of surgery over the last 200 years in the next review in the 200th anniversary series.
Anniversary articles are displayed on a special page on our 200th site. Check back regularly, as we’re publishing a new one every other week.