40 J.L. Med. & Ethics 1 (2012)

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George J. AnnaI JD, M.H
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T       he last few months have been exciting ones for the American
Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. In 2011 we celebrated
the centenary of our founding as the Massachusetts Society
of Examining Physicians. This year we are celebrating the 40th
anniversary of the re-chartering of our organization in 1972 as the
American Society of Law & Medicine, and with this commemora-
tive edition, we bring you the first issue of the 40th volume of the
Journal ofLaw, Medicine & Ethics. We hope you enjoy the very spe-
cial retrospective cover we created for this issue, and also hope you
check out many of the special events we have planned for this year.
The Journal ofLaw, Medicine & Ethics has a rich and vibrant
history - one that is intrinsically intertwined wxith the multidis-
ciplinary fields that it explores. It began as a modest eight-page
newsletter called Medicolegal News, but its size masked the fact
that important articles were already being published in its pages.
As the publication's size and stature grew, both the title and format
changed, and Medicolegal News became Law, Medicine & Health
Care. It was in Law, Medicine & Health Care that the Journal first
began experimenting xith the format of symposium publishing - a
format that the Journal continues to be so well-known for today. In
the 1980s, the Journal's parent organization added the word eth-
ics to it name, and thus ASLME's flagship journal became the pub-
lication we now know as the Journal ofLaw, Medicine & Ethics. In
2004, the Journal was redesigned into its current, reader-friendly
format. I speak from the heart when I tell you that the editorial staff
here at JLME is proud and honored to be the current caretakers of
this esteemed publication.
What is most revealing about these kinds of big anniversaries,
however, is that they simply would not be possible without our
incredibly loyal members, subscribers, authors, and peer reviewers.
Thank you to everyone who reads and contributes to JLME. We
hope you enjoy this issue, which, fittingly, contains a symposium by
a long-time friend, Robert Sade, The Graying of America: Chal-
lenges and Controversies. In keeping with our celebratory spirit, we
invite you to read the special article I am writing about the history
of JLME, which will be published later this year, and participate
in a birthday celebration for ASLME that will be held this year at
the Health Law Professors conference at the Sandra Day O'Connor
College of Law at Arizona State University. We will also post more
exciting information in our newsletter, the ASLME Insider, and on
our website wmy.aslme.org. Again, thank you for taking this jour-
ney xith us. I hope the next 40 years are just as rewarding.
Ted Hutchinson



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