June 1986

To the Editor.

Author Affiliations

Bethel, Conn

Arch Intern Med. 1986;146(6):1225. doi:10.1001/archinte.1986.00360180245039

—On the understanding that I am not an editor of a medical journal, but that I do read editorials in medical journals, and that I read scholastic as well as nonscholastic medical journals, and that I think treating a wart can be as fascinating as treating a complex cardiac arrhythmia, I would like to comment on the "reprint" editorial in the February issue of the Archives,1 in which Dr Soffer raises for the "second" time an issue that is probably more important today than it was several years ago—the roles (complementary or antagonistic) of the scholastic and the nonscholastic medical journals.

The scholastic journals have a high commitment to research and stringent editorial standards of excellence; both contribute to the immeasurably significant role these journals play in the dissemination of new medical knowledge and social and political thought within the realm of medicine.

Because of their close academic relationship—indeed,

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