What would become known today as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine began in 1944. It was before the end of the second world war in 1945, before the invention of the transistor in 1947, the first nuclear power reactor in 1951, the first laser in 1960, the first man on the moon in 1969. The first IVF baby in 1978 was still 34 years away.
A small group of physicians in the United States gathered in Chicago to dedicate a society to the study and progress of reproductive medicine, a new frontier in healthcare. This assembly of visionaries sowed the seeds of an organization that would create the foundation for discovery and innovation in fertility care worldwide, establishing the first journal in the field, Fertility and Sterility, in 1950.
To celebrate the 75th birthday of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, we have carefully selected 25 articles from the archives of Fertility and Sterility that have marked a great leap forward in reproductive science and healthcare. These papers span the gamut of the field from the male factor to the embryo, the endometrium and endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, ectopic pregnancy, ovarian stimulation, imaging, gamete donation, in vitro fertilization and its consequences, mental health, epidemiology, and microbiology. Each article is joined with an editorial by an expert in the area to put its significance in context.
We hope that you enjoy this compendium documented in Fertility and Sterility of great leaps forward in reproductive science and care in celebration of the 75th birthday of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. We also encourage you to peruse all the articles ever published in our journal online at www.fertstert.org/issues. You can go all the way back to 1950 and read the original papers in their entirety: it's a wonderful way to see how far we've come, but also what remain as open questions and where we still need to go.
Happy Birthday, ASRM!