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November 24, 1962


JAMA. 1962;182(8):882. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050470060024

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For several centuries proofreaders have put little circles around handwritten periods to let typesetters know that the periods weren't merely random spots. This practice is ordinarily to be commended, but in the Nov 3 issue of The Journal (p. 595) it cost one reviewer his last name. The review of A. Lindsey's Socialized Medicine in England and Wales was prepared by K. (for Kong) K. Ro, M.B.A., but the typesetter interpreted the little circle without a spot just like the five that had spots, and the signature came out K. K. R, M.B.A.