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My Final Editor's Notes

THE PHYSICIAN AND SPORTSMEDICINE - VOL 26 - NO. 9 - SEPTEMBER 98


Since 1986, I have been editor-in-chief of The Physician and Sportsmedicine. My vision, from the beginning, has been to produce a journal of practical importance—specifically, to help you treat the next patient who walks through the door.

It might seem ironic for me to retire from the journal as the field of sports medicine is taking off: Fellowships are booming, research is yielding treatment and performance advances, understanding of exercise benefits is moving into the mainstream, and more and more of you are treating the ailments of everyday athletes. But it's time to move on, and I can pass on the baton feeling comfortable that my original goal has been achieved. Happily, I will continue to be involved in the progress of the field—in particular, with the medical commission of the International Olympic Committee.

Putting my original vision into print has required the help of the many hundreds of physicians and other professionals who have taken time from their busy practices to work with us. Some have written articles, passing on their knowledge to more than 100,000 readers in the United States and abroad. Others have provided expert peer review to ensure consistent quality. Our editorial board and series editors have guided us and their talented colleagues in making article ideas real. Many have played multiple roles. Our staff of professional journalists has taken manuscripts full of great ideas and made them reader-friendly. And you, our readers, have kept in touch with your letters and comments, and you've consistently chosen this journal to help you keep current in sports medicine. To all of you, thank you, and best wishes in whatever you're doing now to enhance your patients' lives and the field of sports medicine.

Cordially,
Richard H. Strauss, MD
Editor-in-Chief

P.S. Next month in this space, you'll meet Gordon Matheson, MD, PhD, next editor-in-chief of The Physician and Sportsmedicine. Gordon has outstanding experience as a sports medicine physician and in medical publications. I hope he enjoys this job as much as I have.


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