Clinical Pulmonary Medicine, a journal for both pulmonologists in clinical practice and critical care specialists, was created to provide concise and easy-to-read review articles encompassing recent advances in pulmonary medicine. The bimonthly issues include one or occasionally two review articles in each of seven subspecialty areas: obstructive airway disease; respiratory infections; interstitial, inflammatory, and occupational diseases; clinical practice management; critical care; and two more general departments, "Colleagues in Respiratory Medicine" and "Topics in Pulmonary Medicine." Each issue also includes summaries and commentary on three or four recent articles from other clinical journals. This format, if it can be maintained, promises to provide a comprehensive but focused educational tool for keeping practitioners current on major developments affecting pulmonary practice.
The editorial board, led by editor-in-chief Michael S. Niederman, includes an elite group of US clinical practitioners, representing a cross-section of major academic medical centers. The review articles themselves are solicited by