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To the Editor:—
In the editorial comments on "Environmental Physiology" in the current May 6 issue of The Journal, I was distressed to encounter the word "comprised" in line 7 of the second column on page 443. Misuse of that word by run-ofthe-mill authors has become regrettably commonplace, but one rather likes to believe that editors of distinguished journals are too knowing to commit an error so gross.By derivation and the usage of centuries, "comprise" can have no meaning other than "include," "involve," "contain," "imply," "embrace," or "consist of." It never is properly accompanied by the preposition "of"; such intimacy is the exclusive right of another word, "compose."Now that it has been mentioned, you surely realize that the sentence should have read either "acclimatization to heat comprises..." or "acclimatization to heat is composed of..." It would be gratifying indeed if so notable a publication as The Journal could
Squires AW. Environmental Physiology. JAMA. 1961;177(5):344. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040310062018