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December 12, 1903

"How to Write a Medical Article—A Plea for Plagiarism."

JAMA. 1903;XLI(24):1486-1487. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490430040014

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Chicago, Dec. 4, 1903.

Dr. W. E. Fitch:

Dear Sir:  —I shall take great pleasure in publishing your letter and the attached affidavit. I will state that my critique was based, not only on the article in the Annals of Pediatry and Gynecology, but on a reprint received from you by one of my friends. I would suggest in passing that it is hardly fair to the profession for one to publish as original articles copied verbatim from text-books by an amanuensis. I would further remark that, in justice to yourself, you ought at least to look over the proofs of your articles or read them after they are printed and before sending out your reprints. I assure you, my dear sir, I do not feel that the matter under consideration was so much a grievance to myself as a violation of a principle in which we are all interested.

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