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January 28, 1974

A Spooky Proposal

Author Affiliations

Baylor College of Medicine Houston

JAMA. 1974;227(4):440. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230170056024

To the Editor.—  Now that one medical journal1 has experimented with the rewriting of a research report by a lay journalist, will the hext step be to have professional public speakers deliver scientists' papers at biomedical meetings?2In addition to wraithy writers and spectral speakers, we might try phantom physicians, ersatz educators, surrogate scholars, and ethereal editors. The list could be extended indefinitely. After all, jazzing it up is "where it's at" today, isn't it? So who needs authenticity, literacy, scholarship—or the "real" thing?