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Minneapolis, Jan. 22, 1897.
To the Editor:
—Permit me to thank you for your editorial on " The Reviewing of Medical Publications" in the Jan. 16, 1897, number of the Journal. It is not long ago that I put upon the market a text-book (Outlines of Materia Medica and Pharmacology). It had its weak points and no one would recognize these facts sooner than the author. One reviewer dwelt upon a typographic error in the spelling of one word, that was, however, properly spelled in many places throughout the book. In this same review the book was severely criticised because of its weakness in therapeutics when the preface distinctly stated that it was not a work on therapeutics.Another reviewer who signed himself "R. W. W." and who is the American editor of an English work on materia medica, made the most vicious criticisms. At the same time they displayed
Bracken HM. Reviewers.. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(6):280–281. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440060040015