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November 10, 1962

The "Military Verb"

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Wyman Park Dr., Baltimore 11

JAMA. 1962;182(6):701. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050450101028

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To the Editor:—  I would like to make a few comments about the pathology of style which Alexander Gode, Ph.D., rather sarcastically derided in the filler "Just Words" (JAMA181:34 [July 7] 1962). The only justification I can see for his statements is that he perchance dislikes the military or possibly is an enemy of succinctness which very refreshingly occasionally characterizes the military.I would like to comment that it took him 4 paragraphs to criticize something the point of which appears to escape this reader at least partially.I must confess that I am not military, nor am I a Ph.D., but find it rather amusing that a man of his talents should criticize medical writing by the military, which in general appears to me to be very much to the point which again I am forced to admit, is not in the case in many writings by

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