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February 14, 1977

He Whose House Is of Glass...

JAMA. 1977;237(7):676-677. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270340062025

The last paragraph of the last editorial in the Nov 15 issue of The Journal reads:

But can the overstocked memory store also explain the selective amnesia of a clinical investigator who in his submitted report forgets the names of all those whose previous researches paved the ground for his "original" study? More important, can it account for his failure to remember the names of co-workers whose cooperation made the study possible?

To the above two examples of selective amnesia must now be added a third—the forgetfulness of an editorial commentator who confuses the investigators he names. Through a twist of fate's irony, the last paragraph of the first editorial in the same issue, written by the selfsame commentator (yes, it is I) states: "Although characterized by much hesitancy and uncertainty, the new approaches to prevention and therapy of hepatitis B cannot fail to generate an air of optimism. The