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February 9, 1990

Kentucky, Not Kennedy. ROS, POS, and ROPO Rear Their Ugly Heads. Acronymic Archivist Seduced by Eponymy

Author Affiliations

CHIRI Foundation Kansas City, Mo

CHIRI Foundation Kansas City, Mo

JAMA. 1990;263(6):814. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440060054028

To the Editor.—  Scientific accuracy and research integrity are hallmarks of the medical literature. The medical press has highlighted recently widespread concerns about fraudulent reports in the literature and loss of credibility.Another aspect of the problem relates to unintentional inaccuracies. For decades, I have refuted as incorrect many "first of its kind" case reports in the literature. Helpful in these endeavors are my voluminous reprint files. Also seen occasionally are nonsense-type words and phrases due to typing or other error, overlooked in copy or proof editing.An unusual type of inaccuracy of my doing recently appeared in The Journal.1 A book reviewer's reference to Dutch-Kentucky syndrome led me to imply the term should be "Dutch-Kennedy syndrome," information about which I said was in my files. To my chagrin, I discovered from the book reviewer's gracious reply that my file data, in fact, related to Dutch-Kentucky syndrome, which term