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August 3, 1912

American Blue Book of Biography

JAMA. 1912;LIX(5):386. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080068028

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To the Editor:  —I wish to call the attention of your readers to a request for biographic information which many of them may receive from the so-called American Blue Book of Biography. The form of the request, which contains a small attached proof to correct, is so similar to that to which physicians are accustomed from medical directories that one is quite likely to comply mechanically, and return the sheet with necessary corrections. The promoters of the enterprise seem to have counted on this, for the request above the bit of proof, which will probably be overlooked, reads as follows:

"Dear Sir:  —Please correct and return biography below for publication in... the American Blue Book of Biography, the only obligation on your part being the acceptance of one copy containing your biography, payable on delivery if satisfactory."As the price of the book is $5, no one should thus become

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