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April 11, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(15):1140. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660410048028

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To the Editor:  —In our article entitled "Congenital Ectodermal Defect" (Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 10:673 [Dec.] 1924), an unintentional injustice was done Dr. Henry B. Richardson of the Russell Sage Institute of Pathology. Our patient was investigated by Dr. Richardson in connection with extensive original basal metabolism research with the calorimeter. Through an unfortunate misunderstanding, his tests on our patient were published in our paper without specific permission; and while we credited the institute with the work, we failed to state that the tests were part of the original investigation being conducted by Dr. Richardson.In an editorial (The Journal, February 14, p. 518), which comments on our article, the reader gains the impression that we did the basal metabolism work which, of course, is erroneous.The misunderstanding has interfered with the publication of Dr. Richardson's work, for which we are very sorry.

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