What we’ve accomplished in the first 50 years begs the question, how will emergency medical care look 50 years from now? A bright future is illuminated by knowledge of the past. As part of the celebration of our specialty’s 50th anniversary, ACEP Now will provide a series of articles discussing the timeline of many critical aspects of emergency medicine.
What seems commonplace today may not have been so clear back then, and many stops along the way have proved ineffective or even harmful, but it’s all part of the evolution of emergency medicine. What milestones were reached? Who was involved? Dead ends? Plenty of those. Today’s emergency physician has to ask, how could they practice back then? Many from that era might say the same about today’s emergency medicine.
We intend to cover topics such as stroke, acute coronary syndrome, trauma care, resuscitation, toxicology, infectious disease, airway management, and many more. Illustrating the issues of the times is a compilation of covers and advertisements from the Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians (JACEP), now known as the Annals of Emergency Medicine.