EDITORIAL Yes Dr Still an MD Won the Northup by WesleyL



                Yes, Dr Still, an MD Won the 2004 Northup Writing Award!

                                                            O wad some Power the giftie gie us
                                                            To see oursels as ithers see us!
                                                                                 Robert Burns, 1786

                                                                     chief, proposed the award to recognize excellence in writing
A     ndrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, dissatisfied with the lack of
      efficacy of the orthodox medicine of his day, sought a
better approach to treat disease and essentially maintain
                                                                     and scholarship in articles published in THE JOURNAL. Each
                                                                     year, the AOA editor in chief and associate editors nominate
wellness. And, based on his efforts and formulation of a phi-        the articles to be considered. The JAOA Editorial Advisory
losophy with an emphasis on the relation between structure           Board then selects the winner from the nominees on the basis
and function and on principles of the unity of the body and          of clinical significance, scientific validity, and osteopathic con-
the body’s ability to be self-regulatory and self-healing, osteo-    tent. Selection is also based on an article’s contribution to
pathic medicine had its genesis.                                     changing the way one practices, thinks, or does research.
      Yes, our profession’s founder was an MD, and this year               In past years, THE JOURNAL has been remiss in announcing
for the first time in the 14 years since its inception, JAOA’s       the recipients of the Northup Award within its own pages,
Annual George W. Northup, DO, Medical Writing Award is               having left such announcements up to The DO magazine. To
being given to an MD lead author. Furthermore, the byline car-       compensate for this omission from JAOA, we are publishing
ries another MD in addition to a DO and a PhD.                       the abstracts of the previous winners following this editorial.
      The JAOA editors and Editorial Advisory Board have             It is hoped that some of the research topics covered in these
voted to award the JAOA George W. Northup, DO, Medical               award-winning research articles will stimulate readers, espe-
Writing Award for an article published in 2003 to Timothy S.         cially those devoted to osteopathic medical research, to pursue
Carey, MD, MPH; Thomas M. Motyka, DO; Joanne M. Garrett,             further research that will support and substantiate the findings
PhD; and Robert B. Keller, MD. The winning article, “Do              of these earlier investigations and help to further validate our
Osteopathic Physicians Differ in Patient Interaction from Allo-      profession’s distinctiveness. And, of course, we hope such a
pathic Physicians? An Empirically Derived Approach,”                 review of these abstracts will prompt interest in writing and
appeared in the July 2003 issue of the JAOA.                         considering the JAOA as the primary medium for publication
      This landmark study, supported by funding from the             and dissemination. And, as the list shows, not all winning
American Osteopathic Association, compared primary care              lead authors have been DOs.
osteopathic physicians’ and allopathic physicians’ interactions            In this year’s Northup Award–winning article, we have
with their patients and assessed whether osteopathic primary         a team of investigators that includes two MDs looking at us
care physicians’ interactions with patients reflect the principles   osteopathic physicians and, in essence, giving us the “giftie to
of osteopathic medicine.                                             see oursels as ithers see us” through our communication style
      The George W. Northup, DO, Medical Writing Award, is           during audiotaped office visits with patients.
an annual award created in 1990 to honor George W. Northup,
DO, who served as AOA editor in chief for 27 years. Thomas           Gilbert E. D’Alonzo, Jr, DO
                                                                     Editor in Chief
Wesley Allen, DO, who succeeded Dr Northup as editor in

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Editorial                                                                                             JAOA • Vol 104 • No 7 • July 2004 • 273

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