Editorial  |   June 2004
JAOA Online Offers Readers a “Scroll” Down the Osteopathic Medical Profession's “Memory Lane”
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Medical Education / Graduate Medical Education
Editorial   |   June 2004
JAOA Online Offers Readers a “Scroll” Down the Osteopathic Medical Profession's “Memory Lane”
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2004, Vol. 104, 232. doi:
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2004, Vol. 104, 232. doi:
Students, interns, residents, osteopathic physicians, and others, give us your “clicks” to check out the AOA's new online version of JAOA—The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 
You can take a scroll through the archived pdf files for a veritable history lesson on osteopathy's transitioning to osteopathic medicine during the past 104 years. One of JAOA's associate editors, Michael M. Patterson, PhD, is your “guide” for this scroll through history. He introduces the special reprints of articles that help to trace and document the development of the research and philosophy of the osteopathic medical profession through the work and words of pioneering researchers and other notables of the profession who published in JAOA during the first 100 years and 100 volumes. These special reprints appear in pdf format in the archives throughout 2000, which marks the anniversary of 100 volumes, and 2001, which marks the 100th anniversary of publication. 
Let the first stop in your stroll through history be the first issue of JAOA, dated September 1901. In the “Greeting” introducing the new journal, A. L. Evans, the first editor, declared the mission of The Journal: “ serve as a medium for the dissemination of information concerning the work of the Association, and of communication between its widely separated members....” From the beginning, this has been the mission of JAOA, osteopathic medicine's primary scientific and medical peer-reviewed, indexed, scholarly journal. And now, early in the second century of the JAOA's publication, an electronic medium joins the print medium to disseminate information and communicate with the osteopathic profession and others, both in the public as well as the medical and research community. 
In the second special reprint article in this first issue in the 2-year commemorative series, John Martin Littlejohn, PhD, MD, DO, provides a wide-ranging “glimpse of how the osteopathic medical profession viewed itself and its attitudes on medical practice at the turn of the 20th century.” 
Scroll, don't “jog,” through the archival special reprints. Go at a leisurely pace to appreciate the rich heritage of the osteopathic medical literature of the past. Or, for a “back to the future” look at special reprints regarding government control of medicine, advance to the special reprints appearing in the December 2000 issue. Dr Patterson refers to the 1937 AOA convention address by the Honorable Elbert D. Thomas as “truly prophetic of the changes that have been taking place in healthcare delivery during the past several years....Thomas apparently foresaw the drive to make the healthcare system subservient to the public need. He was warning the osteopathic medical profession to take careful measure of this bono publico.” 
Don't miss the virtual history scroll through JAOA's truly archival reprinted works. The path has been made possible by the JAOA's teaming up with HighWire Press to convert the print version of the The Journal and its supplements into an easily searchable, computer-friendly format. Dr Patterson's introduction to each issue's reprints in the two series will not only guide, but also enlighten you. 
It is hoped that these series may even provide impetus to the researchers among our readers to further pursue a concept or hypothesis reported in one of the historical articles and add their own reports of findings to perpetuate the documentation and validation of osteopathic medicine via The Journal.