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To the Editor:—
Is it not important that something be done to discourage use of the word "tool" to describe a drug or other nonmechanical method for the treatment of human illness? The custom has grown so steadily that now no physician seems to consider his manuscript up-to-date if he does not use (or misuse) the word "tool" at least once in each article or in discussion.And now the press has done it! In the Sept. 12, 1947 issue of the previously staid and correct New York Times the following sentence appeared on page 23: "An anesthetic called procaine, injected into the human blood stream to relieve the symptoms of certain diseases such as arthritis, which can be reached only by venous routes, was described yesterday at the final session of the Congress of Anesthetists in the Hotel McAlpin as a promising tool for medical use."Is procaine a
Harris HJ. THE WORD "TOOL" IN MEDICAL WRITING. JAMA. 1947;135(7):450. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890070052021