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To the Editor.—
John D. Archer, MD, in his letter to the editor (239:1608, 1978) "The Confession of an Erstwhile Bureaucrat," showed he had not lost his touch. Only a bureaucrat could write a letter to a publication of which he himself is not only a senior editor but also editor of the LETTERS section. And only an erstwhile bureaucrat could write a 700-word letter with eight references when his own instructions to correspondents (preceding his letter) call for no more than 500 words and five references.
Bloom M. Erstwhile or Extant?. JAMA. 1978;240(1):23. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290010027014