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May 27, 1974

From the Editor's Desk

JAMA. 1974;228(9):1100. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230340016019

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The absurdity of "De Absurdum..." as a surrogate for "De Absurdo..." in Dr. Parnail's letter in the March 18 issue (227:1260, 1974) was correctly corrected by Richard Spitzer, MD, of Canton, Ohio.

Dr. Heisler's letter of protest of interspersed advertising in the February 18 issue (227:803, 1974) has drawn 12 of the expected 1,200 responses. The most detailed is that of Ernst Epstein(1), who protested in April 1972 that the policy is wasteful, found only in throwaway journals, and contrary to the interest of the membership of the American Medical Association. Harold Horn(2) of Lincoln, Neb, concurs, finding this "policy on pagination to be highly obnoxious." Carl E. Graner(3) of La Jolla, Calif, hopes The Journal sees fit to change it. Thomas Paine, Jr.(4), of Nashville asks, "Please, seriously consider discontinuing this practice," and Elmer Zinner(5) of Johnson City, NY, concurs. Stephen Galla(6) of Pittsburgh considers the interspersed advertising "inappropriate