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November 28, 1896

" Parasite and Host."

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(22):1166. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431000042014

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Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 18, 1896.

To the Editor:  —In reference to the paragraph in your editorial of November 14 "Parasite and Host," in which you allude to the abuses of the review columns of lay-published medical journals, an instance has just come to my knowledge too opposite to be omitted: The publishing house of one of our most self-righteous and " honorable" journals recently got the author of a book to review the later work of a rival author upon the same subject. Instead of the review appearing after the usual and necessary lapse of time required to weigh and value the work judicially, it came out in the next issue of the journal after the book had dropped from the press, and was made up of snarling, fault-finding bumptiousness, derision and superficial disingenuousness. The rival publisher and rival author joined hands and danced in murderous joy over their powerless foes—but

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