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July 14, 1928


Author Affiliations

Minneapolis. Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Minnesota Medical School.

JAMA. 1928;91(2):113-114. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700020047024

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To the Editor:  —A medical library, large or small, which comprises medical journals and reprints, must be well indexed and catalogued. Else it will be of little value to its owner when, in the stress of many activities, he attempts to use it.The title of a medical paper is important to the medical scientist and practitioner as well as to the professional medical librarian.The present communication is a plea to authors of medical papers that they make the titles of their communications simple, short, and to the point.At the outset, it must be emphasized that the author of a paper that bears a poorly worded title is, in the end, the greatest loser. His work may be excellent, original and of scientific and clinical value. If the title is wrong, the paper is in danger of being disregarded and forgotten. Neither scientist nor clinician will be able

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