Establishing nanomedicine – Editorial

After a simple investigation in the two most popular scientific publication search engines (PubMed and ISI Web of Knowledge), one immediately realizes that ‘nanomedicine’ as a recognized scientific term is clearly a child of the 2000s. Encouragingly enough for us involved in this field, even though the number of citations using the word ‘nanomedicine’ as a keyword in both search engines is still surprisingly small, there is a healthy increase in the frequency of the term’s use. Such very obvious and unsophisticated analysis is thought to indicate the following two points: ‘nanomedicine’ is a young term that is still finding its way in the mainstream of scientific literature; and the steep increase in the popularity of the term means that the field is growing rapidly along with acceptance of its ensuing concepts and technologies.