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Editorial
July 8, 1998

Caring for the Critically Ill PatientPast, Present, and Future

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. Dr Cook is Contributing Editor, JAMA, and Section Editor, Caring for the Critically Ill Patient.

JAMA. 1998;280(2):181-182. doi:10.1001/jama.280.2.181

In 1983, Carlotta Rinke founded a section of THE JOURNAL called Concepts in Emergency and Critical Care.1 Her goal was to stimulate readers with "a provocative fare of discussion, review, and controversy from these exciting, spanking new medical disciplines." The first contribution was a narrative review of the esophageal obturator airway.2 Subsequent articles focused on research at the vanguard: animal and human studies on oxygen metabolism during shock and the evaluation, sequelae, and management of trauma patients. In 1988, the late Roger Bone, MD, became section editor of Concepts in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. The ensuing 55 articles focused on clinical research, particularly in sepsis and other nosocomial infections (16 articles), resuscitation and oxygen delivery (11 articles), and illness severity or organ dysfunction models (6 articles). While inimitably leading the medical community as a practitioner, educator, scientist, and humanist, Dr Bone also helped disseminate a decade's worth of major advances in emergency and critical care medicine. THE JOURNAL is now renewing its commitment to articles of this genre.

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