JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
DENVER, COLO., March 28, 1902.
To The Editor:—There is an inborn craving
in the hearts of medical men for reprints of their articles. The explanation
of this universal phenomenon is based on a psychological fact, namely, that
every writer wishes to give the stamp of individuality to his work. An article
in a modern periodical is like a pin in a stack of hay. That an article nowadays
may make a lasting impression upon the reader, it must be an extraordinary
production, indeed. The individuality and force of the majority of writings
is obliterated in the "crowd." Hence, the writer unconsciously makes an attempt
to rescue his production from oblivion by giving it at least the form of individuality.
A reprint is an entity, a whole, not a part of a conglomerate.
Reprints, Whence They Come and Whither They Should Go.. JAMA. 2002;287(15):1911. doi:10.1001/jama.287.15.1911