Readers of Historia Medicinae,
I am excited to announce the release of the journal’s first issue in nearly two years. This achievement marks the rebirth of Historia Medicinae (HM) and will trigger a new age for the journal in many ways. Since August 2014, I have led the journal as Editor-in-Chief and guided the journal’s revitalization by recruiting a new review staff, managing submissions and review teams, and coordinating communication between authors, reviewers, inquirers and the like. As I have been intimately involved in the journal’s activities for the past year, I am very proud of our Historia Medicinae’s successful reemergence. The release of an issue signifies our re-arrival to the peer-review community.
This work could not have been done without the dedicated effort of our review staff. These individuals from universities across the world tackled each assignment with humility and care. Their work is the centerpiece of HM’s success. In addition, our success has been greatly aided by the Assistant Editor, Derek Pinkerton. Derek has been a helpful confidant during my tenure and worked diligently to improve this issue. Finally, the founder of our journal Andrew Degnan deserves commendation. Andrew negotiated the journal’s transfer to my leadership and provided invaluable insight during the first months. Since then, he has remained accessible for advice and opinion. We all owe many thanks for Andrew for starting this journal as a medical student six years ago. Doing so, Andrew created an outlet for students and faculty interested in the history of medicine. He created a space for peer-review, field advancement, and career development. Andrew’s creativity and determination are truly remarkable.
With sincere gratitude to the aforementioned individuals I am pleased to announce a successor as Editor-in-Chief, Kristina Williams. Kristina recently received her Masters in Social Science from the prestigious University of Chicago, and is currently applying to graduate schools for a PhD in history. I have known Kristina for two years after a chance meeting at an undergraduate history conference, and can think of no one more capable to lead HM to its bright future. She is as sharp as she is kind, and I have great confidence in her ability to manage HM. In addition, I believe the journal will benefit from Kristina’s network of historians, graduate students, and peers across the United States as HM seeks to expand and improve in the coming years.
I am thrilled by HM’s new opportunities and will continue to be involved with the journal’s leadership as an Editor Emeritus.
So now, I encourage you to enjoy the newest issue of HM. The articles are pleasant to read and offer new insights on previous medical scenarios. In the first article, written by John W. Stanifer at Duke University, we learn origin of three respiratory measures used in medicine. The origins, Dr. Stanifer argues, give new value to how the measures should be applied and interpreted by physicians today. In the second article, written by Jorge Salazar from the Mayo Clinic in Cleveland, we discover a new interpretation for a Catholic Saint’s physical appearance. Dr. Salazar proposes the Catholic Saint Gerard Majella suffered from Marfan Syndrome, a genetic condition. These manuscripts are brief and captivating. I hope you enjoy.
Sincerely,John S. Runge