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Groundbreaking Medical Research of the Past Still Relevant, Valuable to Modern Practice

Annals of Internal Medicine Publishes a Collection of its Most Influential Studies from the Past 80 Years

PHILADELPHIA April 20, 2009 The publishers of Annals of Internal Medicine, the flagship journal of the American College of Physicians (ACP), have released a new book featuring the most pioneering and influential studies ever published in the journal. Landmark Papers in Internal Medicine: The First 80 Years of Annals of Internal Medicine presents a selection of 33 groundbreaking papers chosen by experts from among the most-cited articles published in Annals.

Landmark Papers is edited by two of internal medicine's most renowned physicians. Harold C. Sox, MD, MACP, Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine, is an author and scholar, and currently serves as Chair of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research. Edward J. Huth, MD, MACP, FRCP (London), is Editor Emeritus of Annals of Internal Medicine. A respected author of several books and chapters, Dr. Huth is known as the "Dean of American Medical Editors."

"We are publishing this collection because we believe that today's internists can benefit greatly from the knowledge presented in these original papers," said Dr. Sox. "These articles have transcended time to form the basis on which internal medicine is practiced today. We hope that readers will enjoy reading about these studies, as described in the words of the leaders who contributed significantly to the advancement of medical science."

Each article featured in Landmark Papers is introduced by commentary from a distinguished expert who discusses the article's importance at the time it was published, how it shaped patient treatment or influenced medical practice, and how the knowledge continues to be significant today. Some of the experts and topics covered include:

  • Harold C. Sox, MD, MACP general internal medicine
  • Philip R. Lee, MD, MACP health economics and policy
  • Charles F. Wooley, MD and Mark E. Silverman, MD, MACP, FRCP, FACC cardiology
  • Robert G. Dluhy, MD endocrinology
  • Marvin H. Sleisenger, MD, MACP, DSe (Hon) gastroenterology
  • James N. George, MD, FACP and Arafat Tfayli, MD hematology
  • Bennett Lorber, MD, DSc (Hon), MACP infectious diseases
  • Darren Taichman, MD, PhD pulmonology and critical care medicine
  • Garabed Eknoyan, MD, FACP nephrology
  • Dupont Guerry IV, MD, FACP oncology
  • Edward D. Harris, Jr., MD, MACP, MACR, FRCP (London) rheumatology

Papers were initially selected on the basis of the frequency with which they were cited by authors of other articles, signifying that the articles were among the most influential to the medical world. An expert in each subspecialty area participated in the final selection process and contributed a commentary about the importance of each of their selections.

"Landmark Papers should be enjoyed for its rich historical content and referenced for its practical application to today's clinical practice," said Dr. Huth. "We hope all internists, and physicians practicing subspecialties, as well, will add this book to their libraries."

Landmark Papers can be ordered online. It also is available at all major book sellers, both in store or online. To order by mail or over the phone, call 800-523-1546, ext 2600 (Mon. Fri., 9 a.m. 5 p.m. ET).

Annals of Internal Medicine is one of the five most widely cited peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, with a current impact factor of 15.5. The journal has been published for 82 years. It accepts only 7 percent of the original research studies submitted for publication.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 126,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults.

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