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Blue Journal Makes 100 Years of TB History

March 2, 2017 at 11:47 am

March marks the 100th anniversary of the Blue Journal, which in its first incarnation was the American Review of Tuberculosis.  By coincidence, World TB Awareness Day is also celebrated on March 24.

The American Review of Tuberculosis was not the first TB journal in the country. That distinction belongs to the Journal of Tuberculosis, which began publishing in 1899.  But the newer journal quickly eclipsed its predecessor, wrote S. Aldophus Knopf, MD, in his history of the first 20 years of the National Tuberculosis Association. In fact, he added, within five years, it was “universally conceded that the Review is in every way equal, if not superior, to” its model, the prestigious German medical journal, Zeitschrift.

Since then and through several name changes, including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the Blue Journal’s official title since 1994, the journal has published come of the most important original research and review articles on tuberculosis in the world.

Top 10 Cited TB Articles

Among those articles, are the 10 most frequently cited articles published in the last 30 years:

Treatment of Tuberculosis and Tuberculosis Infection in Adults and Children

Resurgent Tuberculosis in New York City─Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Homelessness, and the Decline of Tuberculosis Control Programs

Tuberculosis in Patients with the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome─Clinical Features, Response to Therapy, and Survival

Specific Detection of Tuberculosis Infection an Interferon-Gamma-Based Assay Using New Antigens

Accelerated Course of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection after Tuberculosis

Paradoxical Worsening of Tuberculosis Following Antiretroviral Therapy in Patients with AIDS

Rapid Detection of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection by Enumeration of Antigen-Specific T Cells

Relationship of the Manifestations of Tuberculosis to Cd4 Cell Counts in Patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection

When Tuberculosis Treatment Fails─A Social Behavioral Account of Patient Adherence

Incidence of Serious Side Effects from First-Line Antituberculosis Drugs among Patients Treated for Active Tuberculosis

100th Anniversary Issue

The AJRCCM will celebrate the centennial of its first publication with a special edition of the journal, which will be published in May. The centenary issue will include historical reviews and editorials showing the progress in the management of respiratory conditions and advances in critical care.  A Blue Journal centenary symposium will also be held Monday, May 22, during ATS 2017 in Washington, DC.

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