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To the Editor:—
There have been many recent changes in The Journal of which I heartily approve. I would like to comment on one of them. I refer to having book reviewers sign their reviews—a recent laudable innovation, but one not universally adhered to. I think that the practice should be compulsory and should not be left to the choice of the reviewer. A year or more ago I was asked to write a review for The Journal and did not like the idea of not being able to sign my name to the review. I do not feel that anyone should write anything for publication that he has not the courage to sign. He should be willing to take the brickbats or the bouquets, the jeers or the cheers, whichever come his way. Anonymous writing is irresponsible writing and is, in my opinion, unworthy of a journal of the
Koontz AR. SIGNED BOOK REVIEWS. JAMA. 1960;174(1):92. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030010094029