and Asthma Proceedings History
Guy A. Settipane, M.D.
Editor-in-Chief, 1980 2004
Roy Patterson, M.D.
Paul A. Greenberger, M.D.
|Cover of the first AAP
|The Allergy and Asthma
Proceedings was the creation of Dr Guy A. Settipane who had a dream of
creating a journal which could offer a vehicle of communication to serve the
clinical needs of those physicians entrusted to the care of patients with
allergic and immunologic diseases. In 1980, the
Proceedings debuted as The New England Society of Allergy
Proceedings, the official journal of the New England Society of Allergy,
one of the nation's oldest allergy societies, dating back to 1956. The initial
purpose of the journal was to publish, in manuscript form, the lectures which
were presented at the biannual scientific meetings of the New England Society
of Allergy or that of its
component state societies. In 1983, responding
to a growing grass roots demand, the Proceedings
expanded its base, changing its name to New England and Regional Allergy
Proceedingsand added to its mast head, "The Official Journal of Regional
and State Allergy Societies." In January 1996, the scope of the journal was
officially expanded with the addition of the word "asthma" to its name; and
from that time forth, the Proceedings has been
officially known as, Allergy and Asthma Proceedings.
editor was Guy Settipane, M.D.(1980-2004), who was later joined by co-editors
Roy Patterson M.D.(1989 - 1992), Paul Greenberger M.D.(1992-2004), and the
Editor-in-Chief 2004 present
editor-in-chief, Joseph Bellanti M.D.(2004-present). In
2004, Dr Bellanti expanded the editorial board to include a distinct
international board in order to reflect the growing international contribution
and readership of the Proceedings
In June 2012, an arrangement was formed between
the American Association of Certified Allergists and Allergy and Asthma Proceedings, with the outcome being that
the Proceedings became the official journal the
American Association of Certified Allergists (AACA) in addition to
remaining the official journal of the Regional, State and Local Allergy,
Asthma, and Immunology Societies (RSLAAIS).
Over the years, the
Proceedings has also reached out to Allergy-Immunology Training Program
Directors and Allergy-Immunology Fellows-in-Training with the publication of
allergy-immunology training materials (Northwestern Allergy-Immunology Training
Syllabus for Medial Students and Residents) and with the provision of
educational grants for academic contributions by allergy-immunology
Since its inception, the
Proceedings remains focused at the grass roots level of the field of
allergy and immunology and continues to embrace an expanding readership which
has grown from a local New England base to a world wide forum.
|Editorial from the founding issue by Guy A. Settipane, M.D.
A Journal with a Specific
A Journal with a Specific Purpose The New England
Society of Allergy Proceedings is the official journal of the New England
Society of Allergy and will be published quarterly. The articles of this
journal will be based on lectures given at the biannual scientific meetings of
the New England Society of Allergy or that of a component state society. These
allergy organizations will be encouraged to publish minutes of their meetings
or other announce- ments in this Journal. The advantages of a regional allergy
journal is that we will have a permanent record of the excellent lectures given
at our meetings. This record eliminates the arduous and uncomfortable task of
taking notes during the meeting. In addition, some of our members who are
unable to attend the meetings will still be able to share in our learning
experience. The third advantage of this Journal is that it will increase our
sense of cohesiveness as an organization and will encourage membership in our
society. The obvious dis- advantage is the financial cost of this journal. It
will be mailed free of charge to all dues paying members of our society. It
will cost $10.00an issue for non members. At this printing, pharmaceutical
companies and other Vol. 1, NO.1 institutions, such as retirement funds or
insurance companies are willing to advertise in our Journal to the extent that
cost of publishing is entirely eliminated or greatly reduced.
article in this first issue is appropriately the history of the New England
Society of Allergy. It has much factual material with dates and illustrates the
im· mensely important role our regional society played in the formation
of national allergy organizations. We hope to continue publishing articles
based on the history of the New England Society of Allergy with emphasis on the
biographical sketch of some of our great founders, such as Francis M.
Rackemann, MD, Lewis Webb Hill, MD, Walter S. Burrage, MD, and William P.
Buffum, MD by allergists who knew these men personally. These are just some of
the things that can be done with our journal and we feel it is a worth- while
endeavor to develop. Its success will depend on the response of our members.