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150 Years of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

      The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (AJOG), the oldest journal in the discipline,
      is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019.
      Established in 1869, AJOG was known as The American Journal of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children (Figure) until 1920. Published by Elsevier, the “Gray Journal” has been the venue of numerous groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the practice of medicine and the lives of women and children
      • Brandt J.S.
      • Downing A.C.
      • Howard D.L.
      • Kofinas J.D.
      • Chasen S.T.
      Citation classics in obstetrics and gynecology: the 100 most frequently cited journal articles in the last 50 years.
      • Romero R.
      • Garite T.J.
      • Kim M.H.
      • Quilligan E.J.
      • Bump R.C.
      • Carson S.A.
      • Copeland L.J.
      • Grobman W.A.
      • Iams J.D.
      • Jenkins T.R.
      • Kilpatrick S.J.
      • Macones G.A.
      • Parry S.
      • Phipps M.G.
      The new American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 5 years later: looking back and moving forward.
      • Yadava S.M.
      • Patrick H.S.
      • Ananth C.V.
      • Rosen T.
      • Brandt J.S.
      Top-cited articles in The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology: a bibliometric analysis.
      , such as:
      • the use of the Pap smear to screen for cervical cancer;
        • Papanicolaou G.N.
        • Traut H.F.
        The Diagnostic Value of Vaginal Smears in Carcinoma of the Uterus.
      • the first immunoassay for the beta subunit of human chorionic gonadotropin,
        • Vaitukaitis J.L.
        • Braunstein G.D.
        • Ross G.T.
        A radioimmunoassay which specifically measures human chorionic gonadotropin in the presence of human luteinizing hormone.
        the basis for all over-the-counter pregnancy tests still used worldwide (this advance allowed women to know if they were pregnant early, and in the privacy of their home);
      • the visual display of cervical dilatation and station over time by Friedman,
        • Friedman E.
        The graphic analysis of labor.
        known as the partogram and used in labor and delivery units worldwide;
      • the description of polycystic ovary disease by Stein and Leventhal;
        • Stein I.F.
        • Leventhal M.L.
        Amenorrhea associated with bilateral polycystic ovaries.
      • the use of estrogens for post-coital contraception by Morris et al.;
        • Morris J.M.
        • Van Wagenen G.
        Interception: the use of postovulatory estrogens to prevent implantation.
      • the role of progesterone in pregnancy maintenance by Csapo;
        • Csapo A.I.
        • Pulkkinen M.O.
        • Ruttner B.
        • Sauvage J.P.
        • Wiest W.G.
        The significance of the human corpus luteum in pregnancy maintenance. I. Preliminary studies.
      • the descriptions of the non-stress test,
        • Evertson L.R.
        • Paul R.H.
        Antepartum fetal heart rate testing: the nonstress test.
        • Evertson L.R.
        • Gauthier R.J.
        • Schifrin B.S.
        • Paul R.H.
        Antepartum fetal heart rate testing. I. Evolution of the nonstress test.
        stress test,
        • Hess O.W.
        • Hon E.H.
        The electronic evaluation of fetal heart rate. 3. The effect of an oxytocic agent used for the induction of labor.
        • Manning F.A.
        • Platt L.D.
        • Sipos L.
        Antepartum fetal evaluation: development of a fetal biophysical profile.
        and biophysical profile;
        • Vintzileos A.M.
        • Campbell W.A.
        • Nochimson D.J.
        • Connolly M.E.
        • Fuenfer M.M.
        • Hoehn G.J.
        The fetal biophysical profile in patients with premature rupture of the membranes--an early predictor of fetal infection.
      • the description of HELLP syndrome as a subset of patients with preeclampsia;
        • Weinstein L.
        Syndrome of hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet count: a severe consequence of hypertension in pregnancy.
      • the criteria for the diagnosis of gestational diabetes by Carpenter and Coustan;
        • Carpenter M.W.
        • Coustan D.R.
        Criteria for screening tests for gestational diabetes.
      • preeclampsia as an endothelial cell disorder by Roberts et al.;
        • Roberts J.M.
        • Taylor R.N.
        • Musci T.J.
        • Rodgers G.M.
        • Hubel C.A.
        • McLaughlin M.K.
        Preeclampsia: an endothelial cell disorder.
      • preeclampsia as a condition in which there is exaggerated intravascular inflammation by Redman et al.;
        • Redman C.W.
        • Sacks G.P.
        • Sargent I.L.
        Preeclampsia: an excessive maternal inflammatory response to pregnancy.
      • the first in vitro fertilization of a human embryo by Edwards,
        • Edwards R.G.
        • Purdy J.M.
        • Steptoe P.C.
        • Walters D.E.
        The growth of human preimplantation embryos in vitro.
        who was subsequently awarded a Nobel Prize.
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      FigureThe cover of The American Journal of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children, Volume 1, Number 1, 1869
      Publication of The American Journal of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children spanned two centuries (Volumes 1-80; 1868-1919), succeeded by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1920.
      This is a photographic reproduction of the journal cover in the public domain.
      AJOG continues to rank at the forefront of the discipline among obstetrics and gynecology journals publishing original research, with a 2017 impact factor of 5.732. The Gray Journal has a strong social media presence, is available in universities and libraries worldwide, and the print version has a circulation of over 42,000 in the United States alone.
      We are deeply committed to innovation and to improving the experience of our readers and authors.
      • Romero R.
      • Garite T.J.
      • Kim M.H.
      • Bump R.C.
      • Carson S.A.
      • Di Saia P.J.
      • Gabbe S.G.
      • Iams J.D.
      • Kilpatrick S.J.
      • Macones G.A.
      • Zuspan F.
      • Quilligan E.
      Taking the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology into the 21st century.
      • Nygaard I.E.
      • Romero R.
      Variety is the spice of life: new features in AJOG.
      • Nygaard I.
      • Romero R.
      AJOG on the move.
      • Romero R.
      • Nygaard I.
      Giants in obstetrics and gynecology.
      • Romero R.
      The Human Placenta (Supplement).
      • Romero R.
      • Kingdom J.
      • Deter R.
      • Lee W.
      • Vintzileos A.
      Fetal Growth: Evaluation and Management (Supplement).
      The Editors are profoundly grateful to our authors for trusting us with their work, reviewers for their gift of time, and readers for their support.
      Throughout the course of this year, we invite you to join us as we celebrate this milestone sesquicentennial, continuing to bring high-quality, seminal studies into print and digital media, as well as featuring tributes to honor our prestigious 150-year past.

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