Looking Back, and Forward: PTJ Publishes Its 1,000th Issue
As APTA heads toward its centennial year, PTJ has reached its own milestone: August marks its 1,000th issue.
Like the association, previously known as the American Women's Physical Therapeutic Association (AWPTA), the journal—originally The P.T. Review—has evolved over time to elevate the importance of research-based evidence in practice.
In contrast to the current issue—which covers diverse research topics such as diagnostic imaging, Twitter discussions of physical therapy, and perspectives on population health—the inaugural issue's 16 pages included a greeting from Marguerite Sanderson, who created the US Army reconstruction aide program during World War I; a letter from Army orthopedic surgeon Joel E. Goldthwait on the value of physical therapy; articles on the formation of the association and its first election; and the first AWPTA constitution.
(Spoiler alert: The preliminary meeting to discuss the formation of the association was held at Keen's Chophouse on 36th Street in New York City—which still exists today as Keen's Steakhouse.)
Here's a look back at the 1921 issue, edited by Isabel H. Noble, who hoped "to make each copy an improvement over its predecessor."