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To the Editor.—I enjoyed reading Dr Richard Warren's editorial, entitled "Power and Prejudice," in the January 1978 issue of the Archives (113:13-14, 1978). Having benefited from his attitude, I am deeply appreciative of his insight and sympathy. Unfortunately, these qualities have not been shared by many other editors and reviewers, especially during the recent past.
Objective criticism and helpful suggestions should be welcomed by all writers. However, too many reviewers submit criticisms that betray a lack of familiarity with the subject matter. Too frequently they indulge in misinterpretations indicative of prejudice or inability or disinclination to properly interpret the written word. Indeed, one often receives the impression that criticisms are inappropriately harsh and designed to assure rejection rather than to salvage what is meritorious.
Obviously, everything that is submitted for publication is not worth publishing. However, capacity for publication is much more limited than required to fulfill our needs,
PECORA DV. Pride and Prejudice. Arch Surg. 1978;113(7):905. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370190127028