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June 1965

Pageantry of the English Language.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(6):742. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03860180114022

The state of writing in medicine and in science has been lamented over by most editors and not a few writers. I have spent some time at the wailing wall but cannot find that it has had any effect on the squalid beasts which wallow in the formless mud which by some curious paradox we call "the literature." To indicate how difficult a problem this is and how unlikely is the solution when applied from external sources by goading and prodding, the American Medical Writer's Association has for years been beating the same drum, though good results are recognized as being the exception rather than the rule. The fact of the matter is that in the past this society was not always without guilt. Some of the things formerly published under its banner might have been used almost as melancholy models of ineptitude. Happily such times seem gone and the

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