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January 19, 1994

Why Isn't a Commercial Sex Worker a Prostitute?

JAMA. 1994;271(3):196. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510270042034

To the Editor.  —I have no statement to make about the scientific content of the article by Nelson et al.1 I would, however, chastise Nelson et al for further contributing to the sterilization of the English language. I find the use of the term commercial sex worker just a trifle too bland and a touch squeamish. No one should object to the use of the word prostitute in a medical journal.

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