From the Editor
I am excited and appreciative to begin my new role as Editor in Chief of Psychiatric Times. First, I would like to thank the Psychiatric Times editorial staff, including Executive Editor Natalie Timoshin, Editor Heidi Anne Duerr, MPH, and Digital Managing Editor Laurie Martin, for inviting me to this position, and believing in my ability to serve in this role. Also, I would like to thank Allan Tasman, MD, and Michelle Riba, MD for their time, efforts, and thoughtfulness during their tenure as Editor in Chief and Deputy Editor during the past 4 years.
Since its inception in January 1985, when it was founded by John L. Schwartz, MD, Psychiatric Times quickly became the favorite and most-read psychiatric publication for the front-line clinician. Due to the wise and insightful guidance and stewardship of its first three Editors in Chief, John L. Schwartz, MD, Ronald W. Pies, MD, and James L. Knoll IV, MD, it has continued to be a monthly refreshing source of clinically relevant psychiatric information that remains timely, and at the same time enjoyable and accessible. As I become the fifth Editor in Chief in 34 years, I realize I have very big shoes to fill. I am up for the challenge. However, I encourage feedback and input from the editorial board as well as readers to assist us in the continuing growth of Psychiatric Times.
I find it cliché to say that we live in exciting times of new discovery that will transform our practice of psychiatry—as this can be said of any time in the past. Science is replete with statements of accomplishment and mastery, only to be upended as new discoveries force us to rewrite the old textbooks. The first version of the Periodic Table of the Elements was attributed in 1869 to Dimitri Mendeleev, which seemed to provide the explanation of physical reality. Although a major scientific accomplishment, science at that time was unaware of the existence of electrons and neutrons.
One of the foundations of modern physics is the electromagnetic spectrum of radiation. Before 1800, we were only aware of visible light—that small part of the spectrum you can see when light passes through a prism—ranging in color from red to purple. It was only in 1800 and 1801 that the spectrum was found to be broader, to include the infrared and ultraviolet. Finally, in 1895 the German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen “stumbled on X-rays while experimenting with Lenard tubes and Crookes tubes.” Subsequently, the entire electromagnetic spectrum was established, which ranges from gamma rays to radio waves. At the time of each of those monumental discoveries, scientists believed that they had finally figured out the nature of reality.