November 2, 1964


JAMA. 1964;190(5):465-466. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070180063014

Writing in the British Medical Journal several years ago, Dr. Richard Asher1 noted that some people have a desire for publication, but nothing more: they want to be seen in a particular medical journal because it is respectable to be seen there, like being seen in church. Within the medical profession in this country there has quietly arisen in recent years a new symbol of literary snobbery: new-syndrome reporting. This sport has become, in fact, almost as common as prechurch golf on Sundays. Its object is the same: to get as low a score as possible; the lower the case number of any new syndrome reported, the more important is the work and, presumably, the worker. Par in the game would seem to be somewhere around four or five. A claim to reporting the third case is rated as a birdie; eagles are somewhat more common, though the reason

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