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February 21, 1920


JAMA. 1920;74(8):529-530. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620080031013

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Newspaper medicine contributes much to the gaiety and insouciance of medical life, as may be seen by the frequent quotations from the lay press in our Tonics and Sedatives. There is some excuse for the ephemeral dailies whose reporters can hardly be expected to be familiar with the elaborate technical terms of medicine; it would be impossible to employ a medical censor to examine the hourly output of world news. It amuses us if the reporter discusses the interstitial glands, ascribes Taenia solium to its proper place in brain anatomy, credits some surgeon with the clever removal of the Ethiopian tubes, and eyes us as he writes with a scarcely perceptible movement of the alligator supercilii. But it is a matter of concern when a dignified monthly periodical, with weeks and often months for consideration of its manuscripts, gives publicity to medical material which is unproved, misleading, untrue or sensational.

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