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The ACR at 75: A Diamond Jubilee



The ACR at 75: A Diamond Jubilee

David Pisetsky, ACR

ISBN: 978-0-470-52377-3 October 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 232 Pages

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Commemorative publication pays tributeto the American College of Rheumatologyand its membership

Commemorating the remarkable achievements in rheumatology since the founding of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), this unprecedented collection of essays records the history of rheumatology during this important era and pays tribute to its members upon the ACR's 75th anniversary. From developments in therapy to clinical trials to the revolution in genetics, this book describes important advances that have led to our current body of scientific knowledge and established treatment paradigms that have improved outcomes for patients with rheumatic diseases. The contributors represent leaders in the field, including ACR Masters, past ACR presidents, and other distinguished clinicians, researchers, and educators.

Covering all aspects of rheumatology, the essays review such topics as:

  • History of rheumatology

  • Advances in treatment

  • The revolution in modern science

  • Practice of rheumatology: economics, organization, and structure

  • Patient outcomes

  • Funding of research

  • Role of ACR in the political process

All the essays are written from a personal perspective, offering diverse andengaging points of view. In addition to exploring the impact of advances in clinical and basic research as well as in practice, the authors offer their forecasts for the future, including innovations in the treatment of rheumatic disease and the organization of healthcare.

For seventy-five years, the ACR has been dedicated to advancing the missionof rheumatology in improving the lives of patients with rheumatic disease,promoting innovative clinical and basic research, and advancing the training of physicians and other healthcare professionals. The members of the ACR include physicians, research scientists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists,psychologists, and social workers among other disciplines. This anniversarycollection captures the state of the practice and science in rheumatology today and reviews a period of remarkable discovery that has dramatically impacted the lives of millions of patients throughout the world.

Preface (David S. Pisetsky).


1: The History of the ACR: Before 1970 (Ephraim P. Engleman).

2 The History of the ACR: After 1970 (Charles L. Christian).

3 The History of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) (Teresa J. Brady).

4 The Research and Education Foundation (REF) (James R. O’Dell).

5 Pediatric Rheumatology: A Personal History (James T. Cassidy).

6 The ACR: A Worldwide Organization (Sherine E. Gabriel).

7 The Relationship Between ACR and EULAR (Josef S. Smolen, Maxime Dougados, David A. Fox, and Ferdinand C. Breedveld).

8 Scientific Publications (Michael D. Lockshin).

9 The ACR Annual Scientific Meeting (Jonathan Kay).

10 The Role of the ACR in the Political Process (David G. Borenstein).

11 Graduate Medical Education and Training (Dennis W. Boulware).

12 The Funding of Rheumatic Disease Research (Leslie J. Crofford).

13 Changes in Practice Since 1975 (Neal S. Birnbaum) .

13 Multidisciplinary Rheumatology (Marian A. Minor) .

14 Developments in Surgery for Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Disorders (Jeffrey N. Katz).

16 The More Things Change: Health Services Research in the Rheumatic Diseases (Edward H. Yelin).

17 The Impact of Technologies on the Organization and Progress of Rheumatology Research (Lars Klareskog, Gerd-Rüdiger Burmester, and Tom W. J. Huizinga).

18 Genetics of the Rheumatic Diseases in the New Millenium: A New World Emerges (Peter K. Gregersen).

19 A Revolution in Immunology (Gerald Weissmann).

20 Autoantibodies (Eng M. Tan).

21 Cellular Regulation of Autoimmunity (Bevra H. Hahn, Ram Raj Singh, Ram Pyare Singh, Maida Wong, Brian Skaggs, Betty P. Tsao, and Antonio La Cava).

22 Modern Biology/Bone and Cartilage Biology (Steven R. Goldring, and Mary B. Goldring).

23 Advances in Gout: A Brief Personal Perspective (William N. Kelley).

24 Gout and Other Crystal-Associated Diseases (H. Ralph Schumacher).

25 Clinical Trials in Rheumatology: The Past 75 Years and a Glimpse Into the Future (David T. Felson).

26 Methotrexate: Personal Reflections (Michael E. Weinblatt).

27 Reflections on the Evolution of Anti-TNF Therapy: A Journey of Discovery (Ravinder Nath Maini, MBBChir, and Marc Feldmann).

28 NSAIDs: The Power of the Narrative (Steven B. Abramson).

29 Imaging in Inflammatory Arthritis: A Personal View (Paul Emery).

30 Ethical Challenges of Modern Rheumatology (Richard S. Panush).

31 The Future of Rheumatology (Edward D. Harris).


"Rheumatologists and other medical practitioners and researchers celebrate the anniversary of The American College of Rheumatology with 31 papers on the school, the association that preceded it, the profession, and the science." (Book News, December 2009)