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July 2, 1910

Snake Poisoning—A Case of Plagiarism

JAMA. 1910;55(1):41-42. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330010043021

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The article is a publication of abstracts taken from several original articles appearing in current literature. These abstracts I prepared to assist me in giving a lecture on the subject and were intended to be the basis of an article for publication; however the abstracts, as they stood, appeared in the Medical Standard without my seeing a proof sheet for approval, indeed, the first portion appeared while I was in Europe, the second about fifteen days after my return.

All credit to the men writing the original articles was unfortunately omitted and the publication, as it stands, appears as a clumsy combination of plagiarism and ignorance on the part of the author. While I am certain there is nothing I can say or do that will amend the injustice inflicted on the men whose brains have developed the material from which these abstracts were taken, still it would please me

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