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November 11, 1974

From the Editor's Desk

JAMA. 1974;230(6):825-826. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240060015018

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Frank J. Briganti, PharmD, of Carson, Calif, stresses the importance of the physician, pharmacist, and pharmaceutical industry strongly opposing Sen Gaylord Nelson's bill to abolish use of trademarks for drugs. He thinks there is a potential danger of error if the physician is forced to prescribe in generic terminology.

Peter T. Pacik, MD, of Manchester, NH, sends photographs of a woman whose "face-peeling" and face-lifting by competent plastic surgeons resulted in persistent perioral and periorbital erythema and who is quite unhappy about the result of a procedure favored in our questions and answers section of the May 13, 1974, issue (228:898, 1974).

Beverly Hills, Calif, has the services of grammarian A. M. Targow, MD, who notes a medical news item saying, "The reason... is because..." He is dismayed, naturally, but the culprit has been shot, stabbed, and poisoned—the least we could do to atone.

Joseph M. Zucker, MD, of Providence,