Pediatrics in Review 40th Anniversary

In 1979 the Sony Walkman and Texas Instruments Speak & Spell made their debut, Atari released Asteroids, Trivial Pursuit was launched, Kenner’s Strawberry Shortcake dolls and Star Trek and Star Wars action figures were in the hands of happy children. Velour V neck shirts, sparkle belts, pant suits, and tube tops were in fashion. The most popular car of 1979 was GM's Oldsmobile Cutlass. Pink Floyd released "The Wall", and we were boogying to Billboard Hot 100 hits from Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer, Village People, Peaches & Herb, The Bee Gees, and Chic. Popular movie releases included Alien, Apocalypse Now, Kramer vs. Kramer, Breaking Away and The Muppet Movie. Gasoline cost $0.86 a gallon, the United States was declared polio free due to successful vaccine efforts, and pediatricians everywhere received the first issue of Pediatrics in Review® (PIR) from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Pop Culture from 1979
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Claim a Piece of PIR HistoryPediatrics in Review 40th Anniversary Edition

To commemorate the journal’s 40th anniversary, PIR subscribers will receive an additional bonus issue delivered with your October PIR journal, crafted by the editors and highlighting what has changed in pediatric care over the past 4 decades. Explore the evolving challenges and advancements in pediatric care through editorial board members’ reflections on the morbidities of 1979, 2019, and the future of the field, as well as new cases and articles specially selected for this anniversary issue.

View the Pediatrics in Review 40th Anniversary Supplement 


Celebrating on the Road

The celebrations never stop and if you’re attending the 2019 AAP National Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, be sure to visit AAP Journals in the shopAAP Bookstore Saturday, October 26, 12 noon–1:00 pm to receive a free commemorative teddy bear* and take a selfie with PIR Editor Dr Joseph Zenel. 

While there pick up the 40th PIR anniversary issue and receive an exclusive conference offer to save $40 on a Print and Online subscription to PIR. 

*Available while supplies last, limit 1 per person. 

Practicing Pediatrics in 1979

AAP Senior Members Harry Laws, Ann Beach, and Leonard Janchar look back on what practice was like in 1979.

Read the article here.


1979 Author Reflections

We asked Senior Members of the AAP and original contributing authors to the 1979 issues of Pediatrics in Review to look back on changes to the health topic on which they wrote and their own career paths. Here are their stories.

I Was An Expert In a Nearly Extinct Disease

Johnathan R. Bates, MD, FAAPJonathan R. Bates, MD, FAAP
Epiglottis: Diagnosis and Treatment
Published Pediatrics in Review 1979;1;173. DOI: 10.1542/pir.1-6-173

How strange it was to see my old self and read that very old article! A few years after that article I took on a series of administrative roles and left the clinical arena, but always continued working at a children’s hospital… Read more

These Adolescent Health Issues Loom as Large Then as They Do Now

Donald E. Greydanus, MD, FAAPDonald E. Greydanus, MD, FAAP
Adolescent Pregnancy—A Multifaceted Problem
Published Pediatrics in Review 1979;1;123. DOI: 10.1542/pir.1-4-123

After my wonderful time with co-author Dr Lissa McAnarney, life took me to various places in an exciting journey as a pediatric residency program director (25+ years), adolescent medicine fellowship director (12+ years), Department Chair, and grandfather of 12! Adolescent pregnancy endures as one of 6 priorities of the US CDC in adolescent health. It persists as… Read more

My Mentor Guided My First Research Study

Andrea Marks, MD, FAAP
Management of Suicidal Drug Overdose
Published Pediatrics in Review 1979;1;179. DOI: 10.1542/pir.1-6-179

Thank you for the opportunity to re-read what I wrote 40 years ago for Pediatrics in Review and to share a few personal reactions to this intriguing experience. Various questions arose for me while reading: What is great mentorship? Has the experience of adolescence changed in recent years? Why is the suicide rate among adolescents steadily increasing since 2006? As a young adolescent medicine attending at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx… Read more


 Editors "Through the Years" 

Editor 1979-2005, Robert J. Haggerty, MD, FAAP

Robert. J Hagerty, MD, FAAPFounding PIR editor Robert J. Haggerty reflected in his inaugural commentary, “First issues of new journals are something like first children. We work harder for them, we expect more of them and we blame ourselves for failures. The first issue of Pediatrics in Review is no exception. …As with parents of first children we will rather anxiously await readers’ reactions to this new venture in continuing pediatric education which is dedicated to, as is the Academy of Pediatrics, ‘Improve the Welfare of Children.'” 

Read more from Dr. Haggerty


Editor, 2005-2013, Lawrence F. Nazarian, MD, FAAP

Lawrence F. Nazarian, MD, FAAP“When the first issue of  PIR came out in 1979, I was a busy general pediatric practitioner, struggling to take care of patients, nurture and enjoy a young family, and somehow stay current in my clinical knowledge. I wrote to the editor, Dr Robert Haggerty, to tell him how much I appreciated this new journal, which filled a critical need for practitioners by offering a systematic, practical way to keep up with the expanding body of information. I also mentioned that the holes in the journal did not line up with the rings in the binder. After being an avid reader of the journal for 6 years, I had the privilege of joining the editorial board as a generalist. With my children maturing and going off on their own and having an understanding wife, I was able to accept this role, although it was added to the responsibilities of full-time practice."

Read more from Dr. Nazarian

A passing of the torch
Photo: The passing of the torch from Dr. Robert J. Haggerty [right] to Dr. Lawrence F. Nazarian [left].

Editor, 2013-Present, Joseph A. Zenel, MD, FAAP

Dr. Joseph Zenel, MD, FAAP“The time was July 1979, and this was my first day as a fourth-year medical student about to partake in morning rounds with the most feared infectious disease physician on campus. To distract myself from my developing sense of dread, I picked up the issue with the glossy blue cover, skipped the editorial, and started reading the first article by Dr Carol Baker on something I had never heard of: group B streptococcal disease in neonates. The article was packed with information presented in a way that was easy to read, comprehend, and remember, unlike information in current medical textbooks. I finished the article and soon joined the infectious disease physician and his fellow to see our first patient on the service, a neonate whose blood culture just happened to grow group B Streptococcus. As the fellow presented the case, the attending physician turned toward me and started firing his first volley of intimidating questions. I was prepared; he was surprised; and I was hooked on Pediatrics in Review.”

Read more from Dr. Zenel

Dr. Zenel in Medical School with First Edition Pediatrics in Review
Photo: Future PIR Editor-in-Chief, along with his first-born son, studying blue-covered PIR issues in preparation for the pediatrics boards.