One year ago The Journal was pleased to announce in these columns a revised edition of a modest little book devoted to the intricacies of editorial style.1 Styles change, however, and so therefore so does the style book. We are pleased to announce that, in keeping with the times, the third edition of the style book is now ready for distribution.2
Style, according to the New York Times Stylebook,3 is consistency: "A publication that capitalizes the word on one page and lower-cases it on another may lead the careful reader to believe that such untidiness extends to larger matters." Style is the careful observance of the little niceties of usage which are in vogue.
A style manual serves several functions: It keeps slips from showing, but more importantly it maintains consistency where consistency would otherwise be hard to maintain, ie, in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, word division, and
THAT THE CAT HAD CUT ITS FOOT ON A BROKEN BOTTLE WILL ALWAYS BE DOUBTFUL. JAMA. 1964;190(5):464-465. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070180062012