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To the Editor:
—Among the things that I particularly admire about The Journal are the excellent critical reviews of books. Rarely are they inadequate and seldom unjustly critical, and I have almost never seen a stupid review. I cannot refrain from making some comment on the astonishing paragraph you have just published concerning Dr. Cushing's monograph on intracranial tumors (The Journal, January 28, p. 284). In drawing your attention to it, I do so fully realizing that as a student of Cushing I may be a prejudiced critic.Quite apart from the spirit of the review, I shall only protest against the errors of statement. Beginning with his fourth sentence the reviewer says that Cushing's mortality rate remained fairly constant until 1930 and that it then dropped for no adequate reason. The whole point of the book is thus missed, for had the reviewer but glanced at the tables, especially
Fulton JF. REVIEW OF CUSHING'S "INTRACRANIAL TUMORS". JAMA. 1933;100(10):761–762. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740100055033