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October 19, 1963


JAMA. 1963;186(3):257. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710030097020

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An editor's life is intimately wrapped up in paper. His function seems to be to transfer pieces of paper from one place to another and to dispatch them on various routes. As part of his function he must also cause other sheets of paper to yield up their virgin state, become covered with all manner of black marks, and take their place in the routing and rerouting.

In his more discouraged moments an editor reflects that the rubbish collectors are also instrumental in transferring paper from one place to another. Yet in his calmer moments he realizes that all pieces of paper are not equal. Since some may be more important than others, their locus at a particular moment may have special significance to someone. Value may inhere to a greater extent in certain papers than in others. Such value, of course, need not be monetary. Other things being equal,

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