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September 4, 1943


Author Affiliations

Lieutenant Commander, U.S.N.R.

JAMA. 1943;123(1):53-54. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840360055023

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To the Editor:—  In your issue of July 17 you printed a book review of "Diseases of the Breast," published by the J. B. Lippincott Company.The review is a departure from acceptable standards of printed comments of this nature in many respects. In the first place, being published in the official journal of the American Medical Association, which serves both specialists and practitioners, the review confines itself almost entirely to the controversial aspects of breast pathology and in no way gives the practitioner an adequate basis for judging the contents of the book or the merits of its presentation of the major facts concerning the diagnosis and treatment of mammary diseases.Secondly, while the tone of the review is hypercritical, the reviewer does not quote directly the statements of the author criticized but confines himself to generalities, which in most instances proceed not from the book but from the

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