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Correspondence
January 2002

A Copy Editor Has No Right to Distort an Author's Meaning

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Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(1):125-126. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.1.125

In my letter to the editor in the May 2001 issue of the ARCHIVES,1 the crux of my thesis was set forth in a single sentence that, when written by me and sent off to the ARCHIVES, read as follows: "But some colleagues disposed favorably to dermatologic surgery, I among them, are concerned about a distressing trend in that field to cosmetology and to the failure of leaders like Drs Brody and Coleman to decry it." A copy editor for the ARCHIVES took the liberty of changing the sentence to read thus: "But some colleagues disposed favorably to dermatologic surgery, I among them, are concerned about a distressing trend in that field to the name cosmetology and to the failure of leaders like Drs Brody and Coleman to decry it."

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