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To the Editor:—
It was interesting to note the parry and riposte (JAMA193:274 [July 26] 1965), concerning the use of the personal pronoun "I" in editorial comments.Although editorials are often based on observed "facts," they usually contain much voicing of the editor's personal opinion. Such comment implies an invitation to readers who have observed other "facts," and therefore have other opinions, to demur.A reader's dissenting opinion may be construed, as appears in this case, to suggest a personal attack upon the editor. This is often neither desired nor intended but is unavoidable when the personal pronoun is used without suitable restraint.It would seem, therefore, that, in the interest of good taste and to avoid personal unpleasantries, the use of the personal pronoun "I" should be kept to an absolute minimum in editorial comments.
Blackman NS. Oh Wretched We.... JAMA. 1965;193(11):979. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090110117046