The history of medical science is an important part of our education and heritage. Scientific "discoveries" are sometimes the result of serendipity, but most of the time the accomplishments are based on previous observation by many investigators. Thus, those individuals who have been recognized nationally and internationally have made their discoveries by building on observations of previous work by these unsung heroes. Who were these investigators who are now forgotten but whose inquisitiveness and powers of observation allowed for later substantial understanding of disease or disease processes?
With this issue of AJDC, we are beginning a new section entitled THE AJDC ARCHIVES. The Editorial Board has been given the challenge of going back and reviewing the very early issues of AJDC and finding key articles they consider interesting and important. Most of these past investigators did not receive the Nobel prize, did not have a National Institutes of Health (Bethesda,