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To the Editor:—
Under this title in The Journal of January 16, page 224, Dr. W. A. Bastedo has reported that he has been irritated by requests for reprints which were not accompanied by return postage, and that he throws the post card requests in the waste basket.I have observed that many earnest workers in laboratories and in the clinical sciences keep files of reprints of articles pertaining to the subjects in which they are particularly interested.My associates and I too receive numerous post card requests for reprints, and from some of the best known men and laboratories in the country. I disagree with Dr. Bastedo. I feel that special studies should be encouraged by the free distribution of reprints to any one interested enough in any given line, as long as it does not become too much of a financial burden on the author. This the author
McClure RD. REQUESTS FOR REPRINTS. JAMA. 1937;108(11):904. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780110052020