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June 20, 1925


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New Orleans

JAMA. 1925;84(25):1941. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660510057028

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To the Editor:  —The interest I have derived from the current articles on the preparation of medical papers, written by you and Dr. Simmons and presented in The Journal, leads me to offer a suggestion. I refer to the ever growing tendency of authors to refer to articles or papers which they have not even seen, let alone read. The reader assumes that the author is quoting from an original article, as no mention is made of the source of the reference or of the fact that it is an abstract, yet time and time again the only knowledge the author has of the original from which he quotes is a short abstract sent him by one of the abstracting bureaus. I do not believe for a minute that it is the intention of an author who uses these literary services in the preparation of his manuscript to deceive intentionally.

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