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To the Editor:
—I have had a large experience in revising "Gray's Anatomy" and in editing the "American Text Book of Surgery" and also in the eight volumes of Keen's Surgery, and have always kept wide awake to bad English. In The Journal, February 9, p. 497, I find the title of a book which reads: "Blood and Urine Chemistry." This is about as bad English as well could be devised. "Chemistry of the Blood and Urine" would be a proper title, but it is impossible to justify transforming two nouns, "blood" and "urine," into adjectives. I do trust that our profession will endeavor to write as pure and good English as possible.
Keen WW. USE OF NOUNS AS ADJECTIVES. JAMA. 1929;92(11):919. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700370067029
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