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December 1, 1989

Dr Hugh Staunton and the Irish Medical Journal

Author Affiliations

Beaumont Hospital Dublin

Beaumont Hospital Dublin

JAMA. 1989;262(21):2999. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430210037021

To the Editor. —  The St Patrick's Day feature in JAMA on the Irish Medical Journal has just come to my attention.1 While I broadly concur with the analysis and sentiments expressed, there are some minor errors of fact relating to my tenure. Since it is very much a "setting the record straight on the Irish Medical Journal," I would like to bring these to the attention of JAMA and its readers.It is stated that, unlike Dr O'Brien, I was a member of the Irish Medical Organization at the time of my application for the post of editor. In fact, I was a member neither at the time of application nor at appointment. I later joined the Irish Medical Association, as it was then called. It is also stated that Dr O'Brien introduced an international peer review system for refereeing scientific articles. In fact, I used such a