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April 7, 1999

Tales of the Unnatural: Correction

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(13):1174. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-13-jbk0407

To the Editor: While traveling, my father (S.T.) brought a 20-lb stack of journals to read on the airplane, and I was working on my World Literature homework. As a senior in high school, I was reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland1 and Through the Looking Glass.2 My father was reading "Tales of the Unnatural: Return From the Dean(d)" in JAMA.3 My father pointed out the section relating to the Red Queen. Dr Hellman writes: "The other phenomenon associated with regression to the mean is described by the Red Queen, who, in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, responds to Alice's concern that, while she is running, the scenery does not seem to change." The author then quotes the Red Queen: "[I]t takes all the running you can do to stay in the same place." However, although the author cites Alice's Adventures in Wonderland1 as the source, the statement made by the Red Queen is in the sequel, Through the Looking Glass.2

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